Death penalty is one of the biggest controversies of the modern society. In terms of the US, it divided people to two opposite camps. For example, Sean Sellers who was only 16 years old when he killed his parents was executed in Oklahoma in 1999. It was the first time in 40 years when young offenders were executed in this country. This event was associated with a lot of criticism and clemency calls all over the world, including Amnesty International.
The events connected with death penalty keep tearing America apart, and this means that they shaped the divided country and its society. Historically, this form of punishment existed even before the first prison was built because Hebrews and Greeks created a special ritual for executing by stoning. In China, death by many cuts was quite popular and it involves small bits of flesh carved away over a few days or even weeks. Besides, elephants were used in India to execute criminals.
In England, those people who were convicted of serious crimes were quartered, hung, and disemboweled. It’s interesting that animals were also involved in death penalty, such as a pig that was hung because of injuring a child fatally, but it happened in 1396. The first lawful execution in America took place in 1608 and its early ways were mainly adapted from the UK, although colonies were considered to be more humane.
At this time, such death punishments as quartering, burning at a stake, and disemboweling were quite common in England, but colonies chose hanging as their favorite method of executing criminals. Public hangings had their festive atmosphere, just like in Europe. When it comes to lynching, it was an unofficial form of death penalty, and there were many documented events in addition to government executions of this kind.
People decided that injecting criminals with deadly chemicals would be more affordable than keeping them incarcerated for long years. According to the latest studies and stats, the costs of death penalty executions are just as expensive, and there is a lot of money spent on this form of punishment. It’s another reason why the US society is divided into supporters and opponents. Death penalty is rare, but it still imposes certain moral issues because many citizens think that people don’t have any right to decide whether someone should live or die, and this debate will continue.
Death penalty is one of the biggest controversies of the modern society. In terms of the US, it divided people to two opposite camps. For example, Sean Sellers who was only 16 years old when he killed his parents was executed in Oklahoma in 1999. It was the first time in 40 years when young offenders were executed in this country.