The Death Penalty Is A Form Of Execution

1269 WordsMay 11, 20156 Pages
I. Introduction The death penalty is a form of execution used in the United States. The federal death penalty can be used in any state or territory of the U.S. even in states that do not have it. There are currently 32 states including North Carolina that have the death penalty. Its purpose was to deter crime from happening. Therefore, creating a safer environment. Unfortunately this has not been the case. The death penalty has claimed innocent lives, ruined lives, is issued at random & unfairly, and does not decrease the crime rate. It should be abolished by all states because it does not work. II. History Britain influenced America’s use of the death penalty more than any other country. When European settlers came to the new world (now the United States). They brought capital punishment. The first recorded execution in the new colonies was that of Captain George Kendall in the Jamestown colony of Virginia in 1608. He was killed for being a spy for Spain. Death penalty laws were different from colony to colony. It was Cesare Beccaria’s 1767 essay On Crimes and Punishment that had a strong impact throughout the world on the justification for the state’s taking of a life1. The first attempt to reform the death penalty in the U.S. occurred when Thomas Jefferson introduced a bill to revise Virginia’s death penalty laws. The bill proposed that capital punishment be used only for crimes of murder and treason. It was defeated by only one vote1. In 1946, Michigan was
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