Capitalpunishment misc0 Essay

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Capitalpunishment misc0



CAPITAL PUNISHMENT


An issue that has continually created tension in our society is capital punishment.
Capital punishment is the legal infliction of the death penalty. It is carried out in the
United States in the following harsh ways: electrocution, hanging, firing squad, lethal
injection, and the gas chamber.


The death penalty has imposed throughout history for many crimes, ranging from blasphemy
and treason to petty theft and murder. Ancient Roman and Mosaic Law endorsed the notion
of retaliation; they believed in the rule of "an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth."
Similarly, the ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, and Greeks all executed citizens for a
variety of crimes. The most known people to be executed were Jesus and Socrates. Common
historical methods of execution

included: stoning, crucifixion, burning, beheading, shooting, and hanging. These methods
are considered cruel and unusual punishment today.


There are currently 3,269 people on death row right now. All of these waiting to be put to
death by a fellow human being. If we use these figures to see what the death row
population will be in 2061. There will be an alarming amount of 700,000 at this rate.


There were seventy-four people executed in the United States in 1997. Thirty of those
people still claimed their innocence at death. A report conducted by the death penalty
information center identifies sixty-nine people who have been released from death row
since 1973 "after evidence of their innocence emerged."


The death penalty is wrong and also unfairly administered. First, females are a very
small percentage of death row, although they commit over twenty percent of murders.
Second, there are more nonwhites on death row. A black man who kills a white person is
eleven times more likely to be put to death for that crime than if it where a white man.
Third, it has been proven that if you have money

you can get away with murder. If you are poor, there's no way out. The possibility of an
innocent being convicted of murder and put to death in America is growing. The risk of
executing innocent people far outweighs any good that can come from capital punishment.

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