The Ethics of Capital Punishment This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 17, number 1 (1994). 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.
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. 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. The claim: Victorian Supreme Court judge Lex Lasry says the death penalty does not deter crime, "it's just a terrible thing to do".The verdict: There is scant research on whether the death penalty deters drug trafficking.
Capital Punishment: The end of the death penalty the Death of the Death Penalty By David Von Drehle The case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev absorbed Americans as no death-penalty drama has in years. 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. 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.
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. Under the code, written in the 1700s B.C., twenty-five crimes were punishable by death.
How the Drug Shortage Has Slowed the Death-Penalty Treadmill Last year, during a U.S. 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.” Opponents of the death penalty have taken exception to the term “guerilla war” — they see their work as a legitimate effort to save individual inmates from the kinds of botched executions that have made the news recently. But if it is a war, they are clearly winning.
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. Keener | email@example.com Alabama executed Ronald Bert Smith Jr. 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 The dozen states that have chosen not to enact the death penalty since the Supreme Court ruled in 1976 that it was constitutionally permissible have not had higher homicide rates than states with the death penalty, government statistics and a new survey by The New York Times show. Indeed, 10 of the 12 states without capital punishment have homicide rates below the national average, Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows, while half the states with the death penalty have homicide rates above the national average.
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 Updated: 1/1/2015 Punishment Utilitarianism and punishment On utilitarianism, punishment is justified only insofar as it promotes the general happiness. 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.