By: Eric Carnivele
History of the 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 25 different crimes. The death penalty was also part of 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.
In America, the death penalty has been around since our beginning. The death penalty was the only way of convicting a criminal and was used for all types of crime up until 1794, which is when the first prison was built. Over time, there has been many people trying to abolish the Death Penalty. During the 1950's through the 1970's support for the death penalty was at an all time low. In fact, in 1967 the death penalty was suspended in all states by the Supreme Court, it wasn't until 1976 that the death penalty was renewed. As time goes on, more and more states are abolishing the death penalty and declaring it unconstitutional.
Different Forms of the Death Penalty
Execution by electrocution, is usually performed using an electric chair. The condemned person is strapped to a specially built wooden chair and electrocuted through electrodes placed on the body.
The condemned person wear a bag of their head, while several law enforcement or soldiers shoot simultaneously.
Political Views on Capitol Punishment
Democrats tend to oppose the Death Penalty. They believe this because they think that there is no substantial data supporting the argument that capital punishment reduces or prevents future deaths. In addition, they argue that rehabilitation is a more humane method of punishment, a reflection on the governments higher sense of morals.
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