The Death Penalty Is The Punishment Of Punishment

2059 Words Aug 5th, 2015 9 Pages
The Death Penalty is the punishment of execution, administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime. Death Penalty goes as far back as the Ancient Laws of China as established as punishment for crimes. In the 18th Century BC, the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon codified the death penalty for 25 different crimes, although murder was not one of them. Lex Talionis is the principle or law of retaliation that a punishment inflicted corresponds in degree & kind to the offense of the wrongdoer. It goes along with the commonly known expression, “An eye for an eye,” and etc. When dealing with the argument of whether or not the death penalty or ethical or not, there are usually two sides that are chosen: Retributivists, or Consequentialists. Retributivists favor capital punishment for murders, but feel it is hard to see how the death of another person “makes up for” the loss of the victim. On the other hand, consequentialists argue that the death penalty prevents and/or deters people from committing murder. In old times, there were many forms of execution. In fact, there were over 30 ways to execute criminals! Many of them were almost inhumanely brutal, for example Scaphism. Scaphism is an ancient Persian method of execution where the criminal is stripped naked and placed in a tree trunk with only their heard, hands, and feet showing. They are then force fed a dangerous amount of honey and milk until they develop a severe case of diarrhea. Their exposed skin would then…
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