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Capital Punishment Essay Katie Shields Ethics and Morals Professor Cohen Fall 2017Capital punishment dates back to the Eighteenth Century during the time of King Hammurabi of Babylon. In Britain during the 1700’s, there was a list of 222 crimes that were punishable by death, ranging widely in severity of the crime. For some time from 1823 to 1937, the death penalty was taken off the table for over half of those 222 crimes that were once punishable by death because of the realization that there may be an issue with the way these crimes were handled. Much like in most other situations, Brittan’s use of capital punishment had a great amount of influence on America’s use of capital punishment in many ways. America actually seemed to use capital punishment in a less severe way. In 1846, the state of Michigan became the first state of many to abolish the death penalty for all crimes except treason. The state became aware that they couldn’t just keep killing everyone for doing small things that individuals of authority didn’t like. By 1963, all mandatory capital punishment laws had been abolished (Bedau). The topic of capital punishment is a topic of argument dating back thousands of years and will more than likely continue until another widely accepted form of punishment is found. This ongoing argument is based around whether or not capital punishment is ever morally or ethically permissible. There is absolutely no evidence to support the claim that capital punishment is a more effective deterrent of violent crime than other punishments such as life imprisonment. In a recent Page of 17
Capital Punishment Essay Katie Shields Ethics and Morals Professor Cohen Fall 2017study run based on two different jurisdictions with and without the death penalty, results showed that there are as many crimes committed in jurisdictions with the death penalty than there are without. The threat alone of the death penalty is no means of stopping people from committing crimes. It is not possible to impose that capital punishment alone does deter crimes of murder and other seriously unethical acts when other alternative punishments exist. On the other side of

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