A Brief History
As the civilized world moved away from the death penalty, a furious debate about capital punishment has raged, with nearly half of the United States abolishing it altogether. Today, 27 states, the Federal government, and American Samoa retain capital punishment as a potential sentence, while in Europe only Belarus and Russia retain capital punishment.
American neighbors Canada and Mexico have abolished the death penalty, as have most of South America and Australia. China, India, Japan, and many Muslim countries retain the ultimate sentence.
The troubling part is that in the US, since 1972, at least 190 people sentenced to death have been found to be innocent. The horror of executing an innocent person casts a shadow over the debate. What do you think?
Question for students (and subscribers): Why should we or should we not have a death penalty? Please let us know in the comments section below this article.
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For more information, please see…
Garfield, David. The Death Penalty: Capital Punishment in the USA. Kindle, 2015.
Greader, George. Death Penalty: To Be Or Not To Be. Kindle, 2018.
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