Death Penalty

By: Cheyanne McKinley and Tate Coblentz

The History

The death penalty laws started as far back as the 18th century B.C. from the code King Hammaurabi of Babylon and then continue on since then. Crucifixion, drowning, beating to death, burning alive, and impalement were the most common ways they used back then.

In the 1960s people started to challenge the death penalty. Before though the fifth, eighth and the fourteenth admendments seem to allow the idea of it. Then people start to think the death penalty was "cruel and unuasal" punishment to others. After the Trop v. Dulles case in the late 1960s, the Supreme court fixed the way the death penalty was looked at. Since then there has been many modifcations to the death penalty.

The Constitutionality of the Death Penalty in America

In the 1960s people started to challenge the death penalty. Before though the fifth, eighth and the fourteenth admendments seem to allow the idea of it. Then people start to think the death penalty was "cruel and unuasal" punishment to others. After the Trop v. Dulles case in the late 1960s, the Supreme court fixed the way the death penalty was looked at. Since then there has been many modifcations to the death penalty.
DPIC Director Richard Dieter--Death Penalty Information Center 2010 Report

The Death Penalty Today

In April 1999 the United Nations Human Rights Commission passed a Resolution Supporting Worldwide Moratorium of Executions which means all countries that have not abolished the death penalty, to ristict using it unless completly necessary. Since then the numbers of the deaths because of the death penalty in the united states have declined. Also ever country besides 58 have abolished the dath penatly to this day.

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