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Transcript of Death Penalty
Is this action against the law?
Texas allows the death penalty
Is this action against the company policy or code of behavior?
How would this situation read if reported on the front paper of the newspaper?
How would you explain this to your mother? To your child?
What might be the negative consequences?
Suffering for the families
Are you causing unnecessary harm to anyone?
If unsure, have you asked a trusted associate outside of the situation?
Are you treating others as you want to be treated?
There is no fairness
In the beginning
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. Most deaths came by way of axe.
No to death penalty.
It cost more to tax payers than to keeping someone in prison.
In our society, we have to move away from the revenge mentality. This mentality is an endless cycle of violence. It is the reason why gang violence in America doesn't end and why the Israeli-Palestine conflict has been going on for a long time.
Yes to death penalty.
It gives closure to the victim's families who have suffered so much. Like ending a final chapter to their suffering.
It gives prosecutors a bargaining chip in the court case process.
It violates the "cruel and unusual punishment" clause in the bill of rights.
It creates more sympathy to the criminals instead of the victims itself.
The possibility exist that innocent men and woman may be put to death.
Jury members are often reluctant to convict if it means putting someone to death.
It isn't going to change the fact that it is not going to bring the victim back to life. Hate, anger, revenge isn't going to do any good. Forgiveness is the only way to start a healing process.
Due to the graphic images provided by our sources we must substitute those images with appropriate ones for the class to show the various forms of executions.
Creates a form of crime deterrent
It can have the criminal another chance to kill
Our justice system gives more sympathy to criminals than it does victims.
It contributes with overpopulating in prisons.
To let our audience be aware and question themselves if the Death Penalty is the right choice for justice. A very sensitive subject that cannot be ignored.
Death penalty has been around thousands of years to enforce laws.
History repeats itself. A sensitive issue that really questions whether our society can help grow itself by stopping to think that revenge is not the answer. As well as open the audience's mind on not just this issue but other very important issues in our society itself.
4 things the audience should know
Scientific studies have shown that executions don't stop people from committing crimes anymore than long prison sentences do.
Millions of dollars are spent on death penalty when that money can be used to help families put their life back together by counseling or other methods.
New death sentences in Texas have dropped more than 75% since 2002.
The biggest concern is that what if the person was innocent. If someone is later found innocent then they can be released from prison but not be brought back to life.
 John Laurence, A History of Capital Punishment (N.Y.: The Citadel Press, 1960), 1-3.
 Michael Kronenwetter, Capital Punishment: AReference Handbook (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 1993), 71.
 Hugo Adam Bedau, The Death Penalty in America (N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1982).
 Phillip English Mackey, Voices Against Death: American Opposition to Capital Punishment, 1787-1975 (N.Y.: Burt Franklin & Co., Inc., 1976), xi-xii.
 Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, trans. Henry Paolucci (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1963).
As time went on it was used less and less (in most cases.)
One would think federal laws and rights in the United States would stop the state's government's that still have these laws from implementing this particular type of punishment.
The death penalty has been around for years
It violates our bill of rights.
The death penalty is morally wrong, killing does not solve killing. America has to go away from the revenge mentality that has been going on for years and forgive.
Cost more to tax payers
Creates sympathy to criminals rather than victims
Soon society and governments began to realized the death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment.
"States With and Without the Death Penalty." <i>DPIC</i>. 13 Feb. 1996. Web. 14 Nov. 2014. <http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/states-and-without-death-penalty>.
"Death Penalty : Facts." Death Penalty : Facts. Web. 16 Nov. 2014. <http://www.deathpenalty.org/section.php?id=13>.
Messerli, Joe. "Should the Death Penalty Be Banned as a Form of Punishment?" <i>BalancedPolitics.org</i>. Web. 16 Nov. 2014. <http://www.balancedpolitics.org/death_penalty.htm>.
Meehan, Mary. "Ten Reasons To Oppose the Death Penalty." America. America Press Inc., 20 Nov. 1982. Web. 7 Nov. 2014. <americamgazine.org/issue/100/ten-reasonsoppose-death-penalty>.
Across the world from Europe to America the death penalty was used less but still used in today's society.
Throughout the Century's
16th century BC Egypt had the first record death sentence.
7th century BC the Greek Draconian Code of Athens made every crime punishable by death.
5th Century the Romans had the death penalty enforced by their 12 tablets laws.
399 BC One of the most notorious death executions was Greek philosopher Socrates.
Times begin to change
Britain had a long history of punishment by death. In the 10th Century King William opposed taking life except in times of war.
1700's Britain society started to use the death penalty less because the punishment did not fit the crime and did not want to execute people for lesser crimes.
By 1780, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts only recognized seven capital crimes: murder, sodomy, burglary, buggery, arson, rape, and treason.
The fight for the use of the death penalty
The first great reform era occurred between 1833-1853. Public executions were attacked as cruel
The Second Great Reform era was 1895-1917. In 1897, U.S. Congress passed a bill reducing the number of federal death crimes.
However, between 1917 and 1955, the death penalty abolition movement again slowed. Washington, Arizona, and Oregon in 1919-20 reinstated the death penalty.
Hawaii and Alaska ended capital punishment in 1957, and Delaware did so the next year.
. In 1965 Iowa, New York, West Virginia, and Vermont ended the death penalty. New Mexico abolished the death penalty in 1969.