Capital Punishment

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Capital punishment is what I consider , "the legal"

punishment of a criminal. Capital punishment has been

used as a form of punishment for many years. At modern

time, capital punishment is more controlled. Although,

when capital punishment is mentioned it brings shivers

down the back of most of society. Being it is a factor

of death, capital punishment , should not be taken so


The term capital does not represent or signify

any ideas in the negative aspect. Capital is defined as

first or foremost; first rate or excellent. Punishment,

on the other hand, is defined as the rough handling or

penalization for a wrong doing. Neither of these terms,

when mentioned individually signify anything in the

negative aspect. Although when these two terms are

combined there is alot more meaning to them than

just excellent or penalization. These now strictly

signify, death.

Capital punishment has been a form of

"disciplining" since 1750 B.C.,

when it was part of the

code of Hammarabi. The bible itself, also prescribes

death as a penalty for any of thirty crimes committed.

The crimes ranged from any between murder and

fornication. In the 18th century more than two hundred

capital crimes were recognized, and as a result over one

thousand people a year were faced with the sentence

of death.

Now at modern time, the death penalty, has been

rekindled. Although, it is not as barbaric as it was. Now

the law only allows itself the use certain types of

"disciplining". In the early 18th and 19th century the

death penalty was inflicted in many ways. Some ways

were, crucifixion, boiling in oil, drawing and quartering,

impalement, beheading, burning alive, crushing, tearing

asunder, stoning and drowning. In the late 19th century

the types of punishments were limited and only a few...