The Death Penalty Of Capital Punishment

1480 WordsFeb 26, 20156 Pages
America’s criminal justice system is based on equality, integrity, and fairness. All criminals are treated the same, given the same rights, and punished fairly based on their crimes. However, despite that, there are many controversial topics regarding the criminal justice system, such as the death penalty. Capital punishment has been used many times in history all around the world, and it was quite popular. Many people argue that capital punishment is useful in deterring crime and that it is only fair that criminals receive death as punishment for a heinous crime. On the contrary, others see the death penalty as a violation of the 8th amendment. It restricts excessive fines, and it also does not allow cruel and unusual punishment to be inflicted upon criminals. Although there have been many court cases discussing capital punishment, there is still much confusion regarding whether it violates the 8th amendment or not. Capital punishment is a very significant, and very controversial topic that has been around for a long time; the death penalty is still being argued today, with persuasive arguments on both sides. Capital punishment has been around since the 5th century B.C., even existing in Ancient Rome’s laws. In the early days, the death penalty was used all around the world, in places such as Rome, Athens, Babylon, and Britain. Methods of execution included hanging, drowning, burning, beating, and beheading. Crueler methods included crucifixion, boiling, impalement, and
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