How Has The Death Penalty Changed Over Time

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The Death Penalty, or capital punishment is nothing new in the world. SInce the dawn of civilization people were sentenced to death for sometimes even the most minor of crimes, such a theft. As the world has changed in the last few thousand years, so have attitudes toward the Death Penalty,yet it is still a punishment that is carried out throughout the world today. In the United States, as of July of 2015, 31 states in the Union actively carry out the death penalty. Only 19 states have abolished the death penalty and replaced it with life in prison without the possibility of parole as the maximum sentence. However, with the declining popularity of the death penalty in the United States and throughout the world, the question that needs to be …show more content…

In Hammaurabi’s code, death is the punishment for over 25 different crimes such as; “If anyone steal the property of a temple or of the court, he shall be put to death, and also the one who receives the stolen thing from him shall be put to death.” This is obviously a very harsh punishment, but at the time it was written it made sense. The Seventh century Draconian Code of Athens listed death as the only punishment for all crimes, which is made especially notorious due to the codes being said to have been written in blood as opposed to ink. Unfortunately, the exact code is unknown as it has been lost with time. In the Tenth century, hanging became the primary form of execution in Britain, to which until the mid-20th century it remained the primary form of execution in most of the world. However, William the Conqueror stopped all executions during his reign in England in the Eleventh century, with capital punishment only being used in cases of war, though some sources say that in cases of murder capital punishment was used. …show more content…

That even the threat of death is not enough to stop criminals from committing violent crimes. Another criticism is that the death penalty is an example of cruel and unusual punishment, which would violate the 8th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. That argument may have logic. One of the most recent cases is the execution of Clayton Lockette on April 29th, 2014 in Oklahoma. Lockette was sentenced to death for the murder of Stephanie Neiman. Lockette shot Neiman and then buried her alive on June 3rd, 1999. In the death chamber, once Lockette was injected with the drugs, he writhed and began struggling to breathe. The execution was called off 33 minutes after it began. Lockette was pronounced dead at 7:06 p.m. Immediately after this botched execution, the governor of Oklahoma Mary Fallin called upon the department of corrections to conduct an investigation into what happened during Lockette’s execution.Beyond Oklahoma, after Lockette’s execution debate sparked throughout the nation about whether or not the death penalty is actually cruel and unusual. Opponents of the death penalty argued that during Lockette’s execution; the manner in which he died is actually torture. The evidence supporting that argument is clear; Lockette was in unnecessary pain and struggled to breathe.(The

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