The Death Penalty Is Wrong

847 Words May 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
Many call the death penalty inhumane, and a large number of countries no longer execute criminals. However, the U.S. has kept capital punishment because it deters criminals from committing murders that place them in the position of the death penalty. However, the death penalty is wrong. No one deserves to have their life taken away by another human, even if they are guilty of murder. Death penalties are first recorded in the eighteenth century B.C.E. In the eleventh century C.E., William “the Conqueror” would only allow people to be hanged in cases of murder. In 1608, Captain George Kendall became the first recorded execution in the U.S. As the U.S. emerged as a sovereign nation, many questioned the use of the death penalty. By the nineteenth century, abolitionist believed that America had evolved morally and petitioned to have it repealed(DPIC). They had no success. Now, about 60 percent of the states in the U.S. have a death penalty, but some want it declared unconstitutional. In court cases, though, the Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty as constitutional. The debate will continue. Morality is a big question when considering the death penalty. "Ultimately, the moral question surrounding capital punishment in America has less to do with whether those convicted of violent crime deserve to die than with whether state and federal governments deserve to kill those whom it has imprisoned. The legacy of racial apartheid, racial bias, and ethnic discrimination is…

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