Society'S Impact Pertaining To Juveniles And Death Penalty.

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Society 's Impact Pertaining to Juveniles and Death Penalty The juvenile death penalty and in turn the death penalty are a much-debated topic. Society has conflicting views on the two topics, and these views have impacted the laws concerning the death penalty and juvenile death penalty. Eventually, societal views have made changes to both issues over time. The Death Penalty The death penalty is “death as a punishment given by court of law for very serious crimes. It is also referred to as capital punishment” (Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, 2017). In other words, if a person commits a crime that their government, State and/or Federal, considers a capital offence then that person is susceptible to receive a death sentence as punishment for…show more content…
Only one signer of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Rush, opposed the death penalty” (ProCon, 2013). On April 30, 1790, the Congress established Federal Death Penalty, and then on June 25, 1790 Thomas Bird was the first federal execution (ProCon, 2013). “Starting around 1833, public executions were attacked as cruel. Many states enacted laws providing private hangings. Rhode Island (1833), Pennsylvania (1834), New York (1835), Massachusetts (1835), and New Jersey (1835) all abolished public hangings” (ProCon, 2013). In the 1880s Thomas Edison building electrical lighting systems in U.S. cities, and to demonstrate its power he would electrocute animals. This led to people wanting to use electrocution as an execution method. Then on August 6, 1890, an electric chair was used for the first time on the murderer William Kemmler in the state of New York. Then, on February 8, 1924 the first person to be executed by cyanide gas via a gas chamber was Gee Jon, a Chinese gang member. (ProCon, 2013) (Clark, 2017). From 1967 to 1972 there was a voluntary moratorium (ban or halt) because public opinion turned against the death penalty. Legal authorities were questioning whether executions were against the Eighth Amendment for cruel and unusual punishment. Public support for the death penalty fell to its lowest point where only 42% of Americans approved of the death penalty. This halt of the death

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