The Anti Drug Abuse Act of 1988
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The death penalty has existed as long as humans have existed. The quote "an

eye for an eye" is found in the Bible. In the middle ages fines, public

humiliation and imprisonment were appropriate punishments for all crimes,

and death penalty for all murders. Today, Federal law states that the death

penalty is to be enforced with convicted criminals for: treason; deserting

armed forces during wartime; murder committed by a soldier; kidnapping and

murder that involves crossing state lines; murder committed during an airplane

hijacking; and of course, homicide. The death penalty is also called for

punishment of for: attempting to kill anyone investigating or prosecuting his or

her activities; advising, directing, authorizing or assisting in the murder of

someone. Also, The Anti-Drug abuse act of 1988 calls for the death penalty

for all drug related killings. Along with that, The bill amending sec. 848 to

controlled substances act calls for the death penalty or life imprisonment for

certain drug offences possession of 10 or more kg of heroin, cocaine,

phencyclidine or analogue. Added to that, The drug kingpin act sates the use

of death penalty for convicted major drug dealers caught with huge quantities

of drugs, over 66 lbs. of heroin and 330 lbs. of cocaine. Even though there

are these federal laws requiring the use of the death penalty for the crimes,

State laws only consider one crime, murder, to be a capital offense. In the

United States alone there have been 4047 executions since 1930, and 188

were from 1977-1996. In 1996, there were a total of 15,168,100 arrests;

33,050 for forcible rape; 1,506,200 involving drug violations and 19,020 for

murder and non-negligent manslaughter. The death penalty was enforced 45

times. The death penalty is an expensive punishment, since 1976 the united

states have spent 700 million dollars in it. Methods of the death penalty


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