History and Laws of Death Penalty

2834 Words Jan 11th, 2018 11 Pages
Death penalty differs from extrajudicial penalty in the sense that for a person to be penalised to death he or she must be convicted by law, whereas extrajudicial penalty is carried out without the permission of the court. Death penalty and capital punishment are often used interchangeably but there is a marked difference between the two. Death penalty becomes capital punishment after a person is killed. Still, many believe that both are one and the same. (Bohm, 2007)
Death penalty dates back to the 1700's B.C. The first document to contain laws on the death penalty was known as the Code of Hammurabi. This document was written in ancient Babylon which is now modern day Iraq and consisted over 250 laws. These laws mentioned twenty five crimes which were deemed punishable by death and committing a murder was not a part of it.
In the tenth century, in England people were not allowed to be executed unless they committed a murder. But later in the fourteenth century a person could be punished to death for something as minor as disrupting peace in England and almost 72000 people were penalised in this way. When the British colonists came to the United states they bought along with them their penal system. The first recorded execution occurred in the British American colonies in the 1600's. A captain in Virginia was hanged to death for committing treason.…
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