The Death Penalty

The death penalty has always been and continues to be a very controversial issue. People on both sides of the issue argue endlessly to gain further support for their movements. While opponents of capital punishment are quick to point out that the United States remains one of the few Western countries that continues to support … Read more

Death Penalty and Issues of Deterrence

For members of society who are retentionists and want to keep the death penalty, its deterrent effects are one of their primary arguments. But there is no conclusive evidence that the death penalty deters would-be criminals from their act of violence. Countless studies have shown that the murder rate in the United States has not … Read more

Death Penalty and Issues of Deterrence

For members of society who are retentionists and want to keep the death penalty, its deterrent effects are one of their primary arguments. But there is no conclusive evidence that the death penalty deters would-be criminals from their act of violence. Countless studies have shown that the murder rate in the United States has not … Read more

Mandatory Death Penalty for Nitwits

When I was in high school, my friend Mike and I earned extra money working after school and on weekends at a drugstore located at the north end of our town. Before we started working in the retail business, we both had a fairly high opinion of humanity. That is to say, we thought that … Read more

History of the Death Penalty

(A) – Early Forms of the Death Penalty Ancient China – First established death penalty laws 18th century BCE – Code of king Hammurabi of Babylon – Earliest form of unified system of justice. Death penalty for 25 crimes, including an “eye for an Eye” 16th century BCE – Egypt – first historically recorded death … Read more

Negating the use of the death penalty

Negating the Use of the Death Penalty America has been deluded into believing that the death penalty is an effective deterrent for homicide.  It is a hot issue, a favorite amongst politicians. But what these political pundits fail to mention is that conclusive evidence proves that not only is the death penalty an ineffective crime … Read more