Capital Punishment : The Death Penalty

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Capital Punishment Capital punishment, also referred to as the death penalty, is the utmost form of punishment in the United States. It is the method of punishment by execution legally given to a criminal convicted of a crime. Capital punishment originated from many early societies, it is only imposed on people who have committed very serious crimes, and only five different execution types are currently used in the United States. The death penalty has been around for a while. The first death penalty laws date back to the eighteenth century with the Code of Hammurabi. In the Code of Hammurabi, there were up to twenty-five different crimes people could have been executed for (10). Surprisingly, people living during that time would not receive the death penalty if they had killed someone (10). The Hittite Code, The Roman Law, and the Draconian Code of Athens all included capital punishment (10). During the seventh century, in the Draconian Code of Athens, the death penalty was the solitary form of punishment for all crimes committed by its citizens (10). If someone was sentenced to death back in those times they were either beheaded, boiled in oil, buried alive, burned, crucified, hung, stoned, strangled, or thrown to wild animals (10). The death penalty was also a common form of punishment used in Britain (10). People living in Britain during the sixteenth century could have been put to death for not confessing to a crime, treason, or for marrying a Jew (10). Within the…
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