Capital Punishment, also known as the Death Penalty, is the punishment of execution, administered to someone legally convicted, there is a lot of controversy surrounding Capital Punishment, some people believe that is should be legal, while others think it should be abolished. Organizations all across the U.S are helping relieve the problem.
Capital Punishment was introduced in Eighteenth-Century B.C in Ancient Egyptian time. The Ancient Egyptians methods were boiling, burning at the stake, hanging, and beheading. It was also used when the Europeans came to the new world, they had the same idea of Capital Punishment. The difference is they would use it for minor offenses, such as stealing grapes and killing chickens. They used it to produce fear, so people wouldn’t commit any kind of crime.
In the 1840s reformers called for the elimination of the death penalty. In 1846 Michigan legislature made that state the first government to remove the death penalty. In 1864, Vermont revoked the right of local towns and countries to sentence hanging, permitting only state sanctioned executions. In nineteenth-century, the electric chair was introduced, it was an alternative of hanging,
The state of the death penalty currently is more controversial than ever before. Small number of states continue to use methods such as electrocution, gas chambers, hanging, and even firing squads.California has spent more than 40 billion administering the death penalty since 1978. Sixty percent of the persons on death row in California and Texas are minorities. Capital Punishment is legal in 32 states, not 18 states don’t allow it. Approximately 3,105 inmates in twenty-five states.
Some states such as Conneticut, Maryland, and New Mexico have abolished the death penalty, but it is not retroactive. Prisoners on death row are still killed in those states. Death sentences are imposed in disproportional numbers when the inmates are Caucasian. The government is not allowed to kill people with a mental illness, or the "insane". The death penalty is not a deterrent, in 2008, the eighteen states that do not allow Capital Punishment, had homicide rates...