Death Penalty

Death Penalty in America
Anthony Aguilar
PHI-200: Mind & Machine
Diane Meza
Date: 26 October 2011

      The topic of death penalty is one that is greatly debated in the United States. The death penalty is known as capital punishment or “the infliction of death upon a person by judicial process as a punishment for a criminal offence,” according to Wikipedia.   Some individuals consider the death penalty to be a deterrent for would be criminals and convicted criminals alike as it accentuates the idea of dying therefore lowering criminal activity in certain regions and the horrific crimes that come with these insidious crimes society faces today. While the cost to execute a criminal is extremely high, there are 38 states in the United States that allow the death penalty.   Depending on the state, there are many different aggravating factors for capital punishment and those crimes are knows as capital offences.
      Capital punishment has been practiced in every culture at some point in history.   The forms of punishment differed from stoning people, death by hanging, de-capitation, among many other lethal and gruesome ways of death. Lethal injection is the method of execution currently used in the United States. Ironically where the death penalty probably flourished much in the medieval ages and considered to be the ground-breakers of the practice of capital punishment this practice has all but been abolished in European and South American countries.   The United States, along with the middle-east and far-east share the practice of capital punishment with little resistance from most societies. On the global aspect the United States has received much pressure globally from countries and human rights activists to abandon this method of punishment.
        The past two centuries the death penalty has fallen in and out of the public favor as it has been continually debated on the floors of our local, state and government platforms.   An un-established country in...