The Death Penalty Is Wrong And Inhumane Essay

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The notion of sentencing another human being to death is difficult to completely comprehend. The physical procedure involved in the act of execution are easy to grasp, but the emotions involved in carrying out a death sentence on another person, regardless of how much they deserve it, is beyond comprehension. This act has been critiqued by many people from all around the world and it is our responsibility as a society to see that capital punishment is wrong and inhumane. Some oppositions to the death penalty include racial bias in death sentencing, capital punishment is irreversible, capital punishment costs more than incarceration, and poor quality defense leaves many sentenced to death. Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, is the notion of legal authorization of killing a person as punishment for a crime they have committed. The first established death penalty laws dates back as far as the “Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon”, which categorized the death penalty for twenty-five diverse wrongdoings ("Part I: History of the Death Penalty."). The death penalty was also part of the “Fourteenth Century B.C. 's Hittite Code; in the Seventh Century B.C. 's Draconian Code of Athens”, which made death the only punishment for all misconducts; and in the “Fifth Century B.C. 's Roman Law of the Twelve Tablets” ("Part I: History of the Death Penalty."). Death sentences were carried out by such means as crucifixion, drowning, beating to

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