Essay on The Laws Of China As A Method Of Punishing Criminals

764 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
Purpose and Background
Death penalty laws date back to the Ancient Laws of China as a method of punishing criminals. According to the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), the first recorded execution in the English American colonies was in 1608 when Captain George Kendall of Virginia was executed for plotting against the British with the Spanish. The first legal execution occurred in 1622 when criminal Daniel Frank was convicted of theft. Currently the death penalty is legal in thirty two states including Florida and Kansas. It is illegal in eighteen states including Minnesota and the District of Columbia.
Capital punishment is one of the most debated topics in the United States and the world today. Capital punishment is often seen as a humane way to execute the most evil criminals and to discourage others from committing atrocious crimes. But is it targeting only minorities and the poor? The death penalty is morally wrong and violates the Sixth Commandment of the bible which says ‘you shall not murder’, the Eighth Amendment which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, and the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution which guarantees equal protection of the laws and due process.
According to the Death Penalty Information Center, 972 people have been sentenced to death row in the United States since 1973. Out of those 972 people, 119 escaped the sentence due to later evidence that proved they were wrongfully convicted or received an unfair trial. This…

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