Is the Death Penalty Justified?
Is the Death Penalty Justified?Is The Death Penalty Justified?
Narisha T. Carr-Smalls
PHI200: Mind and Machine
Instructor: Elliott Crozat
July 4, 2012
Is The Death Penalty Justified?
How would we define Capital punishment? It is the death penalty. “Capital punishment is the execution of a person by the state as punishment for a crime. The word ‘capital’ comes from the Latin word ‘capitalis,’ which means ‘regarding the head.’ At one point and time capital crimes where punished by severing the head. Crimes that can result in the death penalty are known as capital crimes or capital offenses. Capital punishment has been used in societies throughout history as a way to punish crime and suppress political dissent. In most places that practice capital punishment today, the death penalty is reserved as punishment for premeditated murder, espionage, treason, or as part of military justice. In some countries sexual crimes, such as rape, adultery and sodomy, carry the death penalty, as do religious crimes such as apostasy (the formal renunciation of the State religion). In many retentions countries (Countries that use the death penalty), drug trafficking is also a capital offense. In China human trafficking and serious cases of corruption are also punished by the death penalty (Debatepedia, 2011).” Capital punishment was used throughout history and still used today for a variety of offenses. The death penalty was even utilized biblically for crimes such as murder, kidnapping, and even witchcraft. The death penalty has been debated since its invention. With sides heatedly debating their opinions, some believing that it is justified, while others believe that innocent people may be getting executed. The death penalty is one of the most debated issues in the history of the Criminal Justice System. The British settlers brought practices of capital punishment with them to the new world. “The first recorded execution in the new colonies was that of Captain George Kendall in the Jamestown...