Should The Government Stop The Death Penalty As A Form Of Punishment

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Research question:Should the US government stop using the death penalty as a form of punishment?

The death penalty in America varies from state to state.The most common form of the penalty comes in the form of lethal injection. Lethal injection is also the only way the government and military kill the people they have on death row (Methods of). Although lethal injection is the most common, other forms of the death penalty are still being used. The other forms are: electrocution, gas chamber ,hanging, and firing squad.The first recorded use of the death penalty in America was Captain George Kendall of Jamestown in 1608( Part I). The first person who tried to reform the death penalty was Thomas Jefferson. He said it should only be used when the person in question has committed treason or murder(Part I). People that think the death penalty should still be used usually believe that a horrendous act should have an equally horrendous punishment. The people opposing the death penalty usually believe that it shouldn’t be used because all life is precious. There are still 31 states that use the death penalty as of August 2017(Death Penalty). With this in mind, should the US government stop using the death penalty as a form of punishment?

The People that oppose the death penalty believe that it shouldn’t be used because there’s better alternatives to deal with the criminals. “(...)in the United States in 1976, 138 innocent men and women have been released from death row, including

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