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This will be a communal collection of resources on the death penalty around the world for the use of my students in virtual sociology.

Students should add resources based on two questions:

1. Does the death penalty reduce the rate of violent crimes in a society?



2. Is the death penalty a civilized formal sanction? Arguments. Historical Timeline. Historical TimelineHistory of the Death Penalty Code of Hammurabi (c. 1760 BC)Source: Kurt, "The Code of Hammurabi," traveltoeat.com, June 30, 2012 "The Code of Hammurabi (39 KB) , a legal document from ancient Babylonia (in modern-day Iraq), contained the first known death penalty laws.

Historical Timeline

Under the code, written in the 1700s B.C., twenty-five crimes were punishable by death. These crimes included adultery (cheating on a wife or husband) and helping slaves escape. BBC Documentary 2015 - Life and Death Row 1 Execution. Readings - History Of The Death Penalty. As far back as the Ancient Laws of China, the death penalty has been established as a punishment for crimes.

Readings - History Of The Death Penalty

In the 18th Century BC, the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon codified the death penalty for twenty five different crimes, although murder was not one of them. The first death sentence historically recorded occurred in 16th Century BC Egypt where the wrongdoer, a member of nobility, was accused of magic, and ordered to take his own life. During this period non-nobility was usually killed with an ax. In the 14th Century BC, the Hittite Code also prescribed the death penalty. The 7th Century BC Draconian Code of Athens made death the penalty for every crime committed.

Mosaic Law codified many capital crimes. Britain influenced the colonies more than any other country and has a long history of punishment by death. FactSheet. How the Drug Shortage Has Slowed the Death-Penalty Treadmill. Last year, during a U.S.

How the Drug Shortage Has Slowed the Death-Penalty Treadmill

Supreme Court debate over whether a specific cocktail of drugs could be used in executions, Justice Samuel Alito accused death-penalty opponents of pursuing a “guerrilla war” for their cause. Instead of trying to convince legislatures or courts to do away with capital punishment, he said during oral argument in Glossip v. Gross, activists and lawyers were instead cutting off supplies of drugs, and then, when states got different drugs, arguing that using them would amount to “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Execution in Alabama: Inmate heaves, coughs after lethal injection; state's history of death penalty issues. Ronald Bert Smith was executed Dec. 8.M.D.

Execution in Alabama: Inmate heaves, coughs after lethal injection; state's history of death penalty issues

Keener | mkeener@al.com Alabama executed Ronald Bert Smith Jr. Thursday night for the 1994 slaying of a Huntsville convenience store clerk. The execution was the second in the state this year and the 14th since 2010.Witnesses said Smith coughed and heaved during the 13-minute execution process and later moved his arm. Prison officials said they will conduct an autopsy to determine any irregularities with Smith's death.

The state's recent history with capital punishment has not been without controversy. 2016 executions, notable stay. Ethics: Capital punishment. The Ethics of Capital Punishment. This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 17, number 1 (1994).

The Ethics of Capital Punishment

For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: The Ethics of Capital Punishment- SYNOPSIS Historically, the church has affirmed the right of the civil magistrate in matters of capital justice. Contemporary culture, in contrast, is permeated with arguments against capital punishment. Capital Punishment (The Practice of Morality) Capital Punishment From Moral Issues that Divide Us and Applied Ethics: A Sourcebook James Fieser www.utm.edu/staff/jfieser/class Copyright 2008.

Capital Punishment (The Practice of Morality)

Punishment. Utilitarianism and punishment On utilitarianism, punishment is justified only insofar as it promotes the general happiness.

Punishment

The following are potential utilitarian reasons to punish: · Deterrence (to prevent recidivism and discourage other potential offenders) · To give satisfaction to victims/society · To reform/educate offenders and make them into more productive members of society. For the utilitarian, it is not morally permissible to punish criminals in order to give them what they deserveby exacting revenge or retribution on them. The Death Penalty has no place in a civilised society, when will America abolish it? By Sonia Poulton for the Daily Mail Published: 12:13 GMT, 26 April 2012 | Updated: 12:14 GMT, 26 April 2012 This Sunday, as part of their annual peaceful protest, the group Voices for Deathrow Inmates, will gather outside of the American Embassy in London.

The Death Penalty has no place in a civilised society, when will America abolish it?

During the day-long protest, supporters will light scented candles, raise their 'Hankies of Hope' tapestry containing the names of American prisoners - some exonerated and some executed - and will sing songs of peace and love for both victims and perpetrators. Death Penalty: Civilized Punishment or State-Sanctioned Murder? < Return to Michael Coard Writes Those who support the death penalty argue that it’s a deterrent, that it’s reasonable retribution, that certain killers deserve it, that it’s religiously mandated, that it’s the law, that it has procedural safeguards, and that it’s founded on the fair notion of “an eye for an eye.”

Death Penalty: Civilized Punishment or State-Sanctioned Murder?

Those who oppose it respond with the following. Capital Punishment: Our Duty or Our Doom? - Resources - More - Focus Areas - Markkula Center for Applied Ethics - Santa Clara University. About 2000 men, women, and teenagers currently wait on America's "death row. " Their time grows shorter as federal and state courts increasingly ratify death penalty laws, allowing executions to proceed at an accelerated rate. Capital Punishment: The end of the death penalty. Fact check: No proof the death penalty prevents crime - Fact Check.

Updated Following the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Bali, debate about the role of the death penalty in society has led to calls for Australia to push for an end to the punishment around the world.

Fact check: No proof the death penalty prevents crime - Fact Check

While advocating for a reprieve for the two drug smugglers during a visit to Bali in February, Victorian Supreme Court judge Lex Lasry told ABC TV's 7.30 that the death penalty does not deter crime. Law Enforcement Views on Deterrence. The graph to the right shows the results of a 2008 poll of 500 police chiefs in the United States, conducted by R.T. Strategies of Washington, DC. Police chiefs ranked the death penalty last when asked to name one area as "most important for reducing violent crime. " Higher priorities included increasing the number of police officers, reducing drug abuse, and creating a better economy. States With No Death Penalty Share Lower Homicide Rates. States With No Death Penalty Share Lower Homicide Rates NEW YORK TIMES September 22, 2000 States With No Death Penalty Share Lower Homicide Rates By RAYMOND BONNER and FORD FESSENDEN.

Studies Say Death Penalty Deters Crime. -- Anti-death penalty forces have gained momentum in the past few years, with a moratorium in Illinois, court disputes over lethal injection in more than a half-dozen states and progress toward outright abolishment in New Jersey. The steady drumbeat of DNA exonerations _ pointing out flaws in the justice system _ has weighed against capital punishment. The moral opposition is loud, too, echoed in Europe and the rest of the industrialized world, where all but a few countries banned executions years ago. What gets little notice, however, is a series of academic studies over the last half-dozen years that claim to settle a once hotly debated argument _ whether the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder.

The analyses say yes. They count between three and 18 lives that would be saved by the execution of each convicted killer. Does the death penalty reduce drug use and drug related crime? Data from Indonesia. By PKNI One year after the executions carried out by Indonesia on 29 April 2015, PKNI and LBH Masyarakat examined the drug situation in Indonesia. There’s still no evidence that executions deter criminals. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney engaged in a back and forth with Fox reporter Ed Henry over the White House's response to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya during a daily briefing on Thursday.


  1. abenss Jan 14 2017
    uhm... i dunno where im supposed to put this but imma go with here People are biased. This is a fact, that is supported by more studies than I could count. Anyone who claims not to be is a liar, no if ands or buts. That article is, if anything, more evidence to why this is such an uncivilized practice. People will look at these facts and form an opinion. The study is great and factual, but every person will see it and only see the facts that support their view. Because of this, any person, any criminal, is at risk of an unjust sentence. Does it decrease crime? According to these studies, no. And that is something that makes perfect sense. Crimes that carry a sentence of death are -treason -terrorism -espionage -federal murder -large scale drug trafficking -attempted federal murder These are serious crimes. These have nothing in common with petty crimes such as possession, shoplifting, or other such crimes. How could something so serious change something it has nno effect on?