• Watch the video titled, “The History of Capital Punishment in the United States” (4 min 45 s). Be prepared to discuss. Video Source: WatchMojo.com. (2012, Jan 27). The History of Capital Punishment in the United States [Video file]. Retrieved from ;feature=youtu.be This video can be viewed from within your online course shell.
  • From the first e-Activity, specify the key reasons why legislatures inflicted capital punishment in the history of the United States. Next, debate whether or not legislatures today should inflict capital punishment. Provide a rationale to support your position.

    From the second e-Activity, take a position on whether or not the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Ingraham v. Wright should continue to be the law today. Provide a rationale to support your response.

    RESPOND TO FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

    It appears from the Mojo video that capital punishment saw increases at times of national strife and decreases in peace time. Historically, it was important for the nation to appear stronger in times of conflict. Presently, first degree murder and treason are the primary crimes that result in execution. Yet in the past we killed people for many far less serious crimes.

    Personally, I am on the fence about capital punishment. Although this may sound strange coming from a long time police officer, it seems that in almost all cases there are some mitigating factors. From a mental health standpoint, is it even appropriate to kill mentally ill people for crimes they may or may not have even understood, the conundrum to that is aren’t we all a little crazy? Especially when committing a crime? I believe capital punishment needs to exist, however, with adequate guidelines to limit the executions to the most extreme cases.

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