The Death Penalty In The United States

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The death penalty, which can also be referred as capital punishment, has been around for centuries and can even be traced back to the eighteenth century B.C. There is still many complications regarding the death penalty. Some religious beliefs interfere with it and this is why the death penalty is a big issue. The death penalty was first used in America by colonists in Jamestown, Virginia, when they killed Captain George Kendall for being a spy. Ever since then, the death penalty has continued to cause conflict in the judicial system. There are many types of executions used around the world, some can be described as harsh. Many countries have used the death penalty but now some countries are against it. Everyone has a different way of viewing something, the death penalty included. Execution Methods…show more content…
There have been over one thousand executions by this method, which is the most so far in history. Other execution methods include electrocution, gas chamber, hanging, and the firing squad. Although these methods still exist, all the state's using the death penalty consider lethal injection to be the first option, if it is unavailable, those executions will be the alternative, varying by state. Some states would even display the executions for the public eye through television or public events. “In 1834, Pennsylvania became the first state to move executions away from the public eye and carrying out in correctional facilities.” Eventually, most states started to perform executions behind closed doors, where the public could not see
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