Banning the Death Penalty

1620 Words Feb 17th, 2018 6 Pages
This form of punishment has been quite a controversial issue worldwide for quite a few years. The death penalty for hundreds of thousands of years has been a punishment for criminals throughout the world; in the past ranging from what we would now consider small crimes to huge ones, to the present where most if not all those punished with death penalty are for fairly large crimes. Actual laws involving death penalty is known in history as far back as ancient Babylonia with the Code of Hammurabi, or the “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” mentality, where stated within the code there were several crimes in which death was the punishment. Continuing on after that time, leaders within ancient Greece and following that ancient Rome followed along with these laws within their own laws in which they too had a set of crimes that were punishable by the death penalty which include punishments such as crucifixions and live burning. Still this continued on in Europe in the 10th through the 18th centuries when much of the world followed in their footsteps and hanging, beheading, as well as burning at the stake were common executions for crimes like treason and many others. By the early 19th century in Britain (one of the powers, if not the power of the world at that time), the death penalty for about half of the crimes punishable by death were eliminated. The 1950s is where the public of countries…

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