Capital Punishment

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Capital punishment is defined as punishment by death for a crime. Capital punishment has long been subject to debate. This issue has been debated about in America since the first legal execution in the American Colonies in 1608. Although the reasons for these executions have changed since 1608 many people still have the same views of why it is wrong. Many people believe it to be a deterrent to crime. Thirty-eight of the fifty states in the nation use the death penalty as a punishment for capital offenses. People seem to believe that the fear of death will change people’s minds when they are thinking of committing crime. Other people believe it to be revenge for the families of the victims. The other side of the argument is the view that capital punishment is a cruel and unusual means of punishment which violates the 8 th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I tend to agree with the people who appose the death penalty. I believe it is ineffective and costly. It causes much more suffering to a convict if he must remain behind bars for the rest of his life. There is also the fear of executing and innocent person. Life in prison has also proven to be more cost efficient. Studies have also shown that the death penalty is not an efficient deterrent to crime, and many police officers also believe it to be ineffective. The idea of capital punishment came along with the settlers to America in the early 1600’s. In the early days of the American colonies the death penalty was given out for small crimes. In 1612, Virginia Governor Sir Thomas Dale enacted the Divine, Moral and Martial Laws, which provided the death penalty for even minor offenses such as stealing grapes, killing chickens, and trading with Indians. Other laws such as these
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followed in the other colonies for things like denying God. The first powerful opposition
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Wormer during the Fall '08 term at UMass Dartmouth.

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