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Americas Death Penalty Throughout the course of human history the death penalty has been utilized by many societies as just punishment for a variety of crimes In the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi a person was faced with death if they sold alcohol fraudulently The laws of ancient Egypt made it a capital offense to disclose the locations of secret burial sites The Draconian Code in Greece made any crime that was committed punishable by death Flanders 3 Should the death penalty still be used as a punishment in Americas Criminal Justice System Supporters of the issue argue that the death penalty is just retribution deterrence and incapacitation for criminals Abolitionists respond to this by stating that capital punishment does not deter crime at all and is also more expensive has proven to be discriminatory and it holds the possibility of murdering an innocent person as well Each state which has legalized the death penalty agrees for the most part on which crimes are capital offenses First any person convicted of murdering a person intentionally or unintentionally while in the act of committing a separate felony may be put to death In addition any person convicted of first degree murder may suffer the death penalty Finally treason is also a crime in which the death penalty may be sought The death penalty has been inflicted in many ways that are now regarded as barbaric and forbidden by law almost worldwide Among these are crucifixion boiling in oil drawing and quartering impalement beheading burning alive crushing stoning and drowning are a several examples of such outlawed styles of execution In the United States today 30 states have the death penalty yet there are currently only five methods of capital punishment that a state can employ The first is hanging which is the traditional method of execution throughout the English speaking world Electrocution lethal injection the gas chamber
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