Death Penalty In America

2332 Words10 Pages
America: The Land of the Dead Attention American citizens! In 2007, the United States government has brutally killed 42 people and may have thought it was a great thing to do. The way they killed these people were by strapping down their victims to a hard, cold gurney with seatbelts extra tight. The victims were told to sit still for their fate. Next, a few doctors, some inexperienced, came into the room with a long needle and a chemical solution. They slowly insert the sharp needle into the veins of the victim and just wait for them to die. When it is all over, they call this brutal killing capital punishment. Capital punishment is the lawful imposition of death for the punishment of crimes. Capital punishment is a controversial issue…show more content…
Britain influenced America's use of the death penalty more than any other country. When European settlers came to the new world, they brought the practice of capital punishment. Laws regarding the death penalty varied from colony to colony. The first attempted reforms of the death penalty in the U.S. occurred when Thomas Jefferson introduced a bill to revise Virginia's death penalty laws. The bill proposed that capital punishment be used only for the crimes of murder and treason. Although some states abolished the death penalty in the mid-Nineteenth Century, it was actually the first half of the Twentieth Century that marked the beginning of the "Progressive Period" of reform in the United States. From the 1920s to the 1940s, there was resurgence in the use of the death penalty. This was due, in part, to the writings of criminologists, who argued that the death penalty was a necessary social measure. Today, the death penalty is still intact in 37 states, with Texas being the largest contributor to executions. However, many of the states had not executed a person in many years (Bohm…show more content…
(2006) 10 Oct. 2007 <> Donohue, John. The Death Penalty: No Evidence for Deterrence. Economics’ Voice. April, 2006. Fagen, Jeffrey. Deterrent and The Death Penalty: A Critical Review of New Evience. Columbia Law School. < 1.21.2005>. Felicilda,Maxwell. Genealogy, Poverty and Morality: A Discourse Analysis of the Death Penalty Law. Diwatao, vol.1, no.1, 2001. Jones, Andrew. “Capital Punishment”. National Law Journal. (2005) 5 Oct. 2007 <>. Leahy, Parick. “Death Penalty Must Be Used with the Utmost Care”. National Law Journal. (2006) 10 Oct. 2007 <>. Pojman, Louis P. The Death Penalty: For and Against. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1998. Shin, Kilman. Death Penalty and Crime: Empirical Studies. Fairfax, VA: Center for Economic Analysis, George Mason University, 1978 Stubbs, Cassy. The Death Penalty Deterrence Myth: No Solid Evidence That Killing Stops the Killing. The Huffington Post. 8 June 2005

More about Death Penalty In America

Open Document