Death Penalty Changes throughout History

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Introduction On November 9, 2009 Major Nidal Malik Hasan a military psychiatrist opened fire at the Fort hood military base near Killeen Texas where he killed 12 people and left 31 wounded, for which he was sentenced to death. The capital punishment system allows for such atrocious criminals to be fairly punished and kept off the streets thus giving families of the victims much needed closure .Capital punishment is the lawful infliction of death as punishment for a crime. The death penalty has been around since the existence of man if you killed someone you would be killed. Capital punishments were also the penalty for many crimes in the British colonies before the enacting of the declaration of the independence. There are currently thirty-two states that have a form of the death penalty in operation. While capital punishment is a deterrent of crime it also effectively lowers taxes and keeps dangerous criminals of the street. The death penalty has been used for centuries as a crime deterrent and ultimate form of criminal punishment. The death penalty was a much simpler idea if you killed someone you would be killed. One of the first established death penalty laws was the Babylonian Hammurabi code of the eighteenth century, which under the authority of King Hammurabi specified and categorized twenty- five different crimes that would sentence a person to death. The Hammurabi code emphasizes true justice where murder will bring even and just punishment .Centuries after the
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