The Death Penalty Is A Controversial Issue

2057 WordsMar 30, 20159 Pages
Introduction It’s no secret that the death penalty is a very controversial issue in the United States. The death penalty has been around for centuries, but so has the movement to abolish it. Does the death penalty really need to be abolished? or are people just too sensitive to the issue? Origin The death penalty dates as far back as the eighteenth century B.C. The Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon established the death penalty for 25 different crimes. The death penalty was also a part of Hittite Code of the fourteenth century B.C., The Draconian Code of the seventh century which made all crimes punishable by death., and the Roman Law of the Twelve Tablets in the fifth century. In those times they carried out the death sentences by drowning, burning alive, beating to death, impalement, and crucifixion.(DPIC, 2015) In Britain, In the tenth century A.D, hanging became the usual method of execution. In the eleventh century, William the conqueror did not allow any person to be hung or executed, except in times of war. Under the reign of king Henry VIII in the sixteenth century, it was estimated that about 72,000 people were executed. The most common methods of that time were hanging, drawing and quartering, boiling, beheading, and burning at the stake. The capital offenses for that time were treason, not confessing to a crime, and marrying a jew. (DPIC,2015) Britain was the main influence of America’s use of the death penalty. When the
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