Death Penalty Is The Extreme Form Of Punishment

1982 Words Nov 27th, 2016 8 Pages
In today’s world if a person commits a crime and is arrested, he or she is indicted and then tried in court with a jury. If that person is convicted of the crime, he is sentenced either by the judge or the jury. Depending on the severity of the crime, the sentence may include but is not limited to community service, probation, jail time, and for the most severe crimes, lengthy sentences up to life imprisonment without parole. This continuum does not include the death penalty. The death penalty is the extreme form of punishment, reserved for cases which include the most horrendous incidences of murder. In the past, the death penalty has also been enforced in cases of treason and spying against the country.
It was reported in the article from “DEATH PENALTY INFORMATION CENTER” that the original use of the death penalty in the United States was significantly influenced by British Law as was the rest of our legal system. The first recorded execution in the new colonies was that of the spy, Captain George Kendall, in 1608. (DEATH PENALTY INFORMATION CENTER) Many of the early executions were carried out by hanging or firing squad. The death penalty has gone through a striking process of evolution since the first recordings of the practice.
The death penalty practice is very controversial and highly debated. There are many pros and cons for using this method of punishment. Some people consider the death penalty a necessity. One argument presented in favor of the death penalty is…
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