The Death Penalty Essay

1120 Words5 Pages
Have you ever thought about if the person next to you is a killer or a rapist? If he is, what would you want the government to do if he had killed someone you know? He should receive the death penalty! Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a person by judicial process as a punishment for an offense. In other words if you commit a murder, you will be executed. The Death Penalty should be legalized in all 50 states because of many reasons. It helps the crime problem and gives relief to the families of the victims, who had to go through an event such as murder. First, people should know the history of the death penalty. The death penalty has a long history going back to the 16th century BC. In the 16th century BC, in Egypt, a death sentence was ordered for members of nobility, who were accused of magic. They were ordered to take their own life. The non-nobility was usually killed with an ax. During the 18th Century BC, King Hammurabi of Babylon had a code that arranged the death penalty for 25 different crimes although murder was not one of them. The death penalty has been around since the time of Jesus Christ. Executions have been recorded from the 1600s until now. The number of executions has been a steady increase up until the 1930s. Then the death penalty dropped to zero in the 1970s and then again rose steadily. US citizens said that the death penalty was unconstitutional because it was believed that it was "cruel and unusual" punishment. In the year 2000, there were nearly one hundred executions in the US. On June 29, 1972, the death penalty was suspended because the existing laws were no longer convincing. However, four years after this happened, several cases came about in Georgia, Florida, and Texas where lawyers wanted the death penalty to be legalized. The very first legal executions came in the United States was during the

More about The Death Penalty Essay

Open Document