The Death Penalty

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The death penalty is a very common topic today. The Laws were established as far back as the Eighteenth century BC, which codified the death penalty for twenty-five different crimes. The death penalty was also part of the fourteenth, seventeenth, and fifth century BC's Roman laws of the twelve tablets. There are three thousand seven hundred and twenty six (3,726) inmates who have been sentenced to death row in the United States. One out of every one hundred inmates, who are executed, is later found innocent. The death penalty as one knows not only introduces to our society inhumanity and murder, but also is against biblical laws.

In the Fifth century BC the death penalty sentence was carried out by such means as crucifixion, drowning, beating to death, burning alive and impalement. Today the three most commonly used methods of execution in the United States are the gas chamber, electric chair, and lethal injection.

All three methods of execution that are used today cause great pain for the inmate. "The person is unquestionably experiencing pain and extreme anxiety." (Traystman) The death penalty is the law of the land, but there is no justice being shown in the matter of the death penalty. As one can see by description, the methods of the death penalty are an inhumane and painful way to punish inmates for their crimes.

Murder has become a very strong and common word of the twenty-first century. In all crimes committed in the United States today, murder is the highest rated form of death for civilians. Every state has similar laws their state must abide by, and murder is plainly stated to be against the law. "We threaten punishments in order to deter crime"(Haag). Our judicial system uses the death penalty as persuasion to civilians not to commit...