Put Capital Punishment to Death Essay

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In a cold room of an unmarked building, a man awaits his death. The man lies on a metal table, strapped down like a wild animal. The straps cut into his wrists and legs, but no one cares. He is not scared—not anymore. He has no time for fear now. He vows to think only of the things that matter most—his daughters, his wife, his mother, the sunsets he will never see again, the ice cream he will never again enjoy. He knows he does not deserve to die. Yet nobody in the room cares; not the doctor who prepares the IV, the state official who stays busy scribbling away on meaningless paperwork, or the guards who avoid eye contact in the corner. A man will die soon for something he did not do, and nobody cares. This is the precise reason that he …show more content…
In the article titled “The History of Capital Punishment”, the author states that, “During the 18th century B.C., the Code of Hammurabi…codified the death penalty for 25 different crimes, although murder was not one of them. In 621 B.C. the Greek lawmaker Draco…made all crimes punishable by death.” The author goes on to explain that during King Henry VIII’s reign, more than 72,000 people were executed. Although by the 1700s, more than 222 crimes were punishable by death, in 1800 a reform movement began and today there is no capital punishment in Britain (“The History of Capital Punishment”). Manning elaborates on the first uses of the death penalty in North America stating, “In 1605, Captain George Kendall became the first adult to be executed in the Jamestown colony of Virginia…In 1632, Jane Champion became the first woman to be put to death in the new colony. The first known execution of a teenager took place in Massachusetts in 1642.” Obviously, the whole ‘eye for an eye’ sense of justice has been around for quite some time. Manning also reveals, “The United States is the only nation in the Western democratic world that has not abolished capital punishment. Virtually every other nation has done away with it or severely modified it.” Clearly, the death penalty has been around for thousands of years and is nothing new. The only term that might be confusing…