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Of the 310 million people in the United States 23 million are incarcerated from petty theft to full blown murder according to the US Census Bureau figures from 2011 The US has the most people behind bars in the entire world Why are there so many people incarcerated The reasons for the higher levels of imprisonment are because America has more violent crime harsher sentencing laws a zealous approach to combating illegal drugs and even democracy has its role as judges many of whom are elected defer to demands for tough justice One type of this touch justice is Capital Punishment Capital Punishment the death penalty isnt used universally or even throughout the entire United States but it should be in the case of violent crimes it is the most warranted and valid form of punishment for these atrocious crimes It sets an example for would be criminals from committing murderterrorist attacks serves as punishment for crime decreases the rate of violent crimes and it provides retribution on behalf of victims Crime is an evident part of society and citizens are made highly aware that action must be taken but the question lies in the means and action in which crime should be dealt with The death penalty dates back to the Roman Empire where they liberally made use of the death penalty as did the Church in the Middle Ages thus keeping the death penalty alive throughout the centuries The first known execution on US soil was in 1607 or 1608 according to the Justice Center at University of Alaska Anchorage article History of the Death Penalty and Recent DevelopmentsIn the territory now known as the United States of America was Captain George Kendall who was shot by a firing squad in Jamestown in December 1607 other sources say sometime in 1608 accused of sowing discord and mutiny some sources say he was also accused of spying against the British for
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