Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty

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Leviticus 24:21 “The man who strikes and kills an animal should make compensation for it, but the one who strikes and kills a man should be put to death”. The death penalty has been around for a very long time and is not a new concept to our world. The usage of the death penalty dates back as far as the Babylonian era and was used for an assortment of crimes. This practice was also used greatly by the ancient Greeks and Romans, soon England began to practice this punishment and the founding fathers of our now great American colonies carried the capital punishment with them when they crossed over, where it is still used today as lawful punishment is a majority of states. Currently there are 31 states that have the death penalty, 19 that have abolished it and 4, including Colorado, that have a governor imposed moratoria, which essentially means that there is a temporary hold on any executions because the governor of that state won’t sign any death warrants for these murders (DPIC).Coloradan Governor John Hickenlooper has declared the Colorado systems to be greatly flawed, however Hickenlooper never gives any reasonings as to how it is so badly flawed. Yes, greatly flawed if you mean in context of the reduction of Nathan Dunlap’s death sentence, a man responsible for the murder and robbery of four Chuck E. Cheese employees, to life without parole. Then yes, it is flawed. Senate Luisa Guzman had put forth senate bill 95 to abolish the death penalty in Colorado (Eason).

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