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Many people support the death penalty and a lot of them use thedefense that comes from the Bible an eye for eye and a limb for a limb I onthe otherhand believe otherwise Punishment by death in my opinion is avery barbaric way of penalization In the world it is known that at least2500 prisoners are executed in at least 37 different countries on an annualbasis There will be various statistics opinions history and backgroundinformation discussed through out the residuum of this thesisThe history of the death penalty dates back to the days of Hammurabiand his code to the days of the present The methods nowadays are certainlydifferent but the objective and goal has remained the same The earliestknown date of any form of organized capital punishment was in 1750 BCwith Hammurabi and his code The Bible prescribed death for more than 30different crimes including murder treason theft arson and rape to name afew In the Medieval Times treason grand and petty murder larcenyrape and arson were all crimes recognized as punishable by death Duringthe reigns of King Canute and William the Conqueror it was not used at all By 1800 though more than 200 crimes were construed as punishableby death but most were commuted by a royal pardon In the AmericanColonies in the years before the Revolution it was commonly for a widevariety of offenses Near the end of the 18th century though efforts toabolish it arose in Europe It was led mainly by the Quakers who believed innon-violence all together Then when influential documents arose itprompted and inspired the great French philosopher Voltaire to oppose itAt the present there are many fundamental questions raised pertainingto the fact that with the death penalty intact and fully operational isnt thegovernment condoning killing Also isnt the government being kind ofhypocritical when they say taking a human life is bad but then they go aheadand do exactly the opposite of what they are saying
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