The Death Penalty Is The Punishment Of Execution

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Kacie Trapp
Mr. Sneeden
English 1010
6 November 2015
Essay 3: The Personal as Political
The death penalty is “the punishment of execution, administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime.” Currently, thirty-six countries practice this punishment, 103 countries have abolished it for all crimes, and six countries have abolished it except for special circumstances. The death penalty has been around for a very long time in the United States, with the first recorded execution being that of Captain George Kendall in the Jamestown colony of Virginia in 1608. Fortunately, the executions are not as painful and torturous, nor are they still performed to be viewed by the public, like they had been many years ago. There have been some attempts to reform the capital punishment throughout history in America. One instance of a successful attempt at reform was in the landmark case, Furman v. Georgia, in 1972, where the Supreme Court ruled that punishment would be "cruel and unusual" if it was too severe for the crime, if it was arbitrary, if it offended society 's sense of justice, or it if was not more effective than a less severe penalty, setting a new standard for the death penalty and decreasing the amount of people being put to death. However, the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 when states began to rewrite their death penalty statutes to get around the issues addressed in the Furman case and has been practiced since.
Clearly, the death penalty is a very…
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