Essay Who Pays The Ultimate Penalty For Crimes?

2470 Words Nov 17th, 2016 10 Pages
"Who pays the ultimate penalty for crimes? The poor. Who gets the death penalty? The poor. After all the rhetoric that goes on in legislative assemblies, in the end, when the net is cast out, it is the poor who are selected to die in this country. And why do poor people get the death penalty? It has everything to do with the kind of defense they get. Money gets you good defense. ……As the saying goes: 'Capital punishment means them without the capital get the punishment ' " (Prejean). That statement holds true in this time as well as in the past. Helen Prejean is a nun, anti-death penalty activist, and author of multiple books and articles opposing the death penalty. According to Oxford Dictionaries, the death penalty is the punishment of execution, administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime (Oxford). The death penalty dates back to the eighteenth century B.C. in King Hammurabi of Babylon code of laws. He codified the death penalty for twenty-five different crimes. In America Britain’s use of the death penalty influenced America more than any other country. The practice of capital punishment was brought to the new world by the colonist. According to deathpenaltyinfo, “The first recorded execution in the new colonies was that of Captain George Kendall in the Jamestown colony of Virginia in 1608. Kendall was executed for being a spy for Spain” (deathpenaltyinfo). In 1632, Jane Champion became the first woman executed in the new colonies. These executions lead…

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