Death Penalty: Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

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"The death penalty is not one of the 'cruel and unusual punishments' prohibited by the Eight Amendment." (Winters 12). Capital Punishment has been around since the beginning of time as has the controversy surrounding it. There have always been pros and cons to the death penalty as have the arguments that go with it. The crimes that were deserving of the death penalty have changed over the years but some have stayed the same throughout the centuries. Some people have said that by allowing the killing of a criminal, it will only teach others that revenge is what capital punishment is all about, instead of seeing it as a means to removing a danger permanently from society. Hopefully this essay will educate the reader on the importance of capital punishment.

This essay will define, describe, analyze and evaluate the ethics of capital punishment. By defining capital punishment the reader will become educated on when it was instituted, and what capital punishment means exactly, in describing capital punishment the reader will become educated on the multiple means in how America deals with its criminals.

By analyzing capital punishment, the reader will come to understand that it is ethically acceptable and that it shouldn't be abolished. That, society would suffer if capital punishment was removed from the justice system. Finally, by evaluating capital punishment, the reader will be informed of the writer's opinion on the ethics of capital punishment.

According to the encyclopedia Britannica, capital punishment, " is the penalty of death, pronounced by a competent court." (Encyclopedia Britannica 809). This means for a criminal to be sentenced to death, the court must be fair in all mannerisms towards the

criminal and in the sentencing. "In 1608 the first recorded execution in the new colonies

occurred in the Jamestown colony of Virginia.