The Death Penalty Is Not the Answer

In a society where there is so much violent crime. We look for a way to try to ensure our safety and protect the ones we love. We use many forms of punishment as a way to deter crime. The most extreme of these is the death penalty it is final and leaves no way to correct any mistakes if made. The death penalty is not the answer to violent crimes; it is a very old form of punishment that offers no deterrent to crime. “There can no longer be any doubt that an innocent person has been executed. The question now turns to how we can stop it from happening again" (Scheck, 2009).
The death penalty being used as a form of punishment has been in use before written records. They may ask how we know without written records. We know because of the stories that have been passed down through time from generation to generation. Many written records of the use of the death penalty and how it was used   in history have been found. King Hammurabi a Babylon king penned a code, the law of his time that, which made death the punishment for 25 crimes. This was one of the first recorded uses of the death penalty but there was something unusual about the king’s code murder was not one of the crimes that death was the penalty. In the 7th Century the Draconian Code of Athens made death the death the penalty for every crime. In the Roman Empire the death penalty came in to the record books as a casual form of punishment carried out in many ways, crucifixion, drowning at sea, beating to death and impalement were some of the forms used (Riggio, 1995-2010).
In Britain in the 1700 s there were 220 crimes that death was the punishment. In 1823 laws were in acted that exempting over a hundred crimes from the death penalty. In the next few years many more crimes were removed from the list of crimes that one could be put to death for.1840 was the year that the first attempt to abolish the death penalty in then Britain now the United Kingdom (Riggio, 1995-2010).
When the British came to the new...