Ethical Considerations of the Death Penalty

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Ethical Considerations of the Death Penalty Jeannine Akiyama PHI200: Mind and Machine (GSI1116I) Amy Reid May 9, 2011 Ethical Considerations of the Death Penalty When one hears of a horrific crime that resulted in the murder of one or more persons, the immediate thought is, if the murderer will get the death penalty. According to the Amnesty International USA (2011), there are currently 16 states and the District of Columbia that do not have the death penalty (States With and Without the Death Penalty). It would seem that because over half of the United States have implemented the death penalty, this act is somewhat acceptable. According to the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) (2011), the history of the death penalty goes as far back as the “Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of the King Hammaurabi of Babylon, which codified the death penalty for 25 different crimes” (Part I: History of the Death Penalty, para.1). Also stated by DPIC (2011), “in those days, the death penalty was implemented for the act of murder and carried out by “crucifixion, drowning, beating to death, burning alive and impalement” (Part I: History of the Death Penalty, para.1). However, as all things must change, so did the ways in which the death penalty was carried out as well as the crimes deeming punishable. As stated by DPIC (2011), “executions were now being carried out for such capital offenses such as marrying a Jew, not confessing to a crime, and treason” (Part I: History of the Death Penalty, para.2). “In the Tenth Century A.D., hanging became the usual method of execution in Britain…and in the 16th Century, under the reign of Henry VIII, as many as 72,000 people are estimated to have been executed in which some common methods of execution at that time were boiling, burning at the stake, hanging beheading, and drawing and quartering” (2010, Part I: History of the
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