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  • Cruel And Unusual Punishment
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    There are many things wrong with today's growing society; however, I believe the death penalty is the worst. I am strongly against the death penalty because it sets a bad example for our society, prisoners could be wrongly convicted, and it is cruel and unusual punishment. Our youth is learning from our actions. If a Timmy gets punched during recess, does the teacher advocate Timmy to punch the other child back? No, this is the type of example we are setting for our youth. As they grow up, they ...
  • Murder Cases Result In A Death Sentence
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    The Death Penalty Putting to death people judged to have committed certain extremely heinous crimes is a practice of ancient standing, but in the United States in the latter half of the twentieth century, it has become a very controversial issue. Changing views on this difficult issue led the supreme Court to abolish capital punishment in 1972 but later to uphold it in 1977, with certain conditions. Indeed, restoring capital punishment is the will of the people, yet many voices are raised agains...
  • States With Death Penalty Laws
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    Death Penalty and The Eighth Amendment The expression "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" has taken on a whole new meaning. Lately, murderers have been getting a punishment equal to their crime, death. In 1967, executions in the United States were temporarily suspended to give the federal appellate courts time to decide whether or not the death penalty was unconstitutional. Then, in 1972, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of "Furman versus Georgia" that the death penalty vio...
  • Condemned Person Alive In Prison Costs
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    The death penalty is the worst that can happen to a criminal if he is tried for murder, treason, or airplane hijacking. This is a very touchy subject for politicians also. Many politicians will not even speak about it for fear of looking too soft on crime, or, if they are in favor of it they will look too barbaric and uncivilized. A recent poll shows that the American population is split nearly half-and-half on the topic. In the poll, 41% preferred the death penalty, 44% were against it and 15% ...
  • Possibility Of Capital Punishment
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    Capital Punishment in America Capital punishment should be viewed as the stripping away of humanity from a person. The death penalty itself should be 'executed' because of racial inequities, the concept of murder, the possibility of error, lack of deterrence, the cost, and an overwhelmed legal system. 'The goal of capital punishment is revenge' (Introduction 1). Capital punishment is simply an outlet for the blood lust of the American people (Introduction 1). The death penalty is very discrimina...
  • Death Penalty In Effect
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    Capital Punishment: Against More money is spent executing humans than keeping them in a penitentiary for life. Compared to capital punishment, life in prison is far worse. Mistakes may be made and no one can bring another human back to life. Juries are often white and this may lead to racial decisions. Of the 144 executions since the 1976 reinstatement of the death penalty in the U.S., not one white person has been executed for killing a black. Of the 16,000 executions in U.S. history, only 30 c...
  • Use Of A Gas Chamber For Execution
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    Death Penalty The first established death penalty laws date as far back as the Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon, which codified the death penalty for twenty-five different crimes. The death penalty was also part of the Fourteenth Century B.C.'s Hittite Code; in the Seventh Century B.C.'s Draconian Code of Athens, which made death the only punishment for all crimes; and in the Fifth Century B.C.'s Roman Law of the Twelve Tablets. Death sentences were carried out by...
  • Death Penalty And 50 To 75 Executions
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    Is the Death Penalty an Effective Punishment? Yes. In at least one important respect, it is. It simply cannot be argued that a killer, once executed, can ever kill again. The Death Penalty does not stop people from killing others. The only thing it does stop is killers from killing people again. Some statistics indicate that Capital Punishment has killed more blacks then whites and more poor then rich. There is nothing wrong with the Death Penalty. If someone kills another they should be punishe...
  • Death Penalty After October 1999
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    The Death Penalty I feel that this type of punishment is cruel and unusual. in violation of the Eighth Amendment. I also say with the long wait on death row and the inefficiency of the system, criminals are not deterred by this treatment. In addition, they ask, where is the line drawn for crimes punishable by death Out of 3,860 inmates executed from 1930 to 1980, 3380 were executed for murders; however, about 500 more were put to death for other crimes. There is also the possibility that a crimi...
  • Death Penalty For Life In Prison
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    I agree with the law that people who commit crimes need to be punished for their wrong doings. However, I do not agree with the way that the law thinks that problem should be handled through the death penalty. The bad part about the death penalty is that innocent people are executed, there is racism in the death penalty, the mentally retarded are executed, and the death penalty is costly. As long as the death penalty is maintained, the risk of executing the innocent can never be eliminated. Peop...
  • Death Penalty For Juvenile Offenders
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    A. Should the death penalty be given to minors? The two groups against this issue, are the religious and medical groups. They believe they are too young to know what they have done. The medical groups believe adolescents are less developed than adults and should not be held to the same standards... The opposing side, held mostly by state officials, feel if they are old enough to commit the crime they, old enough to get the punishment, including death. B. The very first execution of a minor was i...
  • Death Penalty And Execution
    630 words
    Capital Punishment in America What is capital punishment? The dictionary defines capital punishment as a noun that means putting a person to death. At the end of 2003 there were 3374 inmates at 37 state and federal prisons who were on death row. That number was an 188 decrease from the statistics in 2002. Forty-seven of theses inmates were female which was a thirty-eight increases from 1993. (Lacey, Bonner) Although the number of people on the death penalty decreased the number of females on dea...
  • Execution By Lethal Injection
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    In 1972, The Supreme Court declared that under then existing laws the imposition and carrying out of the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. But within four years, due to hole in the system, the Court stated the punishment of death does not invariably violate the Constitution. They ruled that the new death penalty laws contained objective standards to guide, regularize, and make rationally reviewable the process for imposin...
  • Call For A Death Penalty Moratorium
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    John H. Whitehead Professor Roth Whitehead 1 A Moratorium on The Death Penalty Should Be Enacted In Illinois Due to the recent releases of newly exonerated Death Row inmates, individuals and organizations are calling for a moratorium- a cooling off period for state executions. The cases of just a few inmates makes it apparent that this would be a necessary step to save innocent lives. After 17 years in prison, Illinois Death Row inmate Anthony Porter was released from jail after a judge threw ou...
  • Slow Execution Rate
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    Capital punishment has been in effect since the 1600's. However, in 1972 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment, which was unconstitutional according to the Eighth amendment. It was public opinion that the current methods of execution, hanging, electrocution, and facing a firing squad, were too slow and painful upon the person to be executed. The U.S. Supreme Court reversed this decision when a "cleaner" way to bring about death was found in 1976. Th...
  • Death Penalty As A Form Of Punishment
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    Bloodthirsty America On June 7, 1998, James Byrd was decapitated when he was chained behind a pick-up and dragged down a country road, three men are being held without bail on charges of capital murder. James Byrd was a black man, and the three men accused of his death are white; thus, the murder is believed to be a hate crime. These three men, for no other reason than the color of his skin, took the life of this man; who was somebody's son, somebody's husband, and somebody's daddy. Now, I propo...
  • One Execution For Every 1600 Murders
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    Walker 1 Does executing murderers really stop violent crime in the U.S. Our government seems to think so. In many states the death penalty still exists or is being reinstated. Many people contend that the death penalty should be used in cases of heinous crime where guilt is obvious. Bill Clinton signed a bill adding 58 more crimes that are punishable by death. For example, if you see a murder or know of one and do not report it, you could be executed. If you know a gang killing, you could report...
  • Death By Execution
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    FINAL PAPER EXECUTIONS GONE WRONG!! ANITA R. FOSTER MS. FRYE GE 321 EXECUTIONS GONE WRONG!! From spontaneous combustion to torture by needle, our nation's death penalty has shown some flaws. Where do we draw the line between what is or is not humane during the execution of a convicted felon? Do we just call it as part of the nasty business of execution? Whatever the answer we must first understand our capital punishment and its history before we can understand, and hopefully correct, the errors....
  • Executions Since The Death Penalty
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    The death penalty is an ancient practice that has, in recent years, become a very controversial issue. The death penalty is a vital means of punishment that must be practiced. The founders of the United States practiced the death penalty even more than we do today. They certainly did not prohibit capital punishment when they wrote the Constitution. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution states "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments...
  • Death Sentence For Twenty Five Different Crimes
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    "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good". - Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) This is a dissertation on the Evolving Standards of Decency in America's judicial system in relation to capital punishment. The first of three arguments in this abstract show how, when, and why America will come to embrace a complete moratorium on capital punishments. Evolving Standards of Decency demonstrates that through the history of America (and the world) people have come to...

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