The Death Penalty And Capital Punishment

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The Death Penalty Capital punishment, also referred to as the death penalty, is an topic for debate and has been for countless of years. Nineteen US states have banned the act from their courts, but it is still active in the other thirty-one states. The Supreme Court has already stated that the death penalty does not violate the Constitution, and many disagree with them. Although the Supreme Court considers the death penalty being constitutionally legal, others regard it as being the exact opposite of constitutional. Prisoners sentenced the death penalty are often given lethal injections. In the past, the United States acquired the drugs used for the injections from Europe, but now the European Union have established an export ban on the drugs used for the injections(Feldman 1314). As one can assume, this has made it very complicated for the U.S. prisons to obtain them(Feldman 1314). Since states can no longer procure the lethal injection drugs used to carry out the death penalty, capital punishment is delayed in several states as they strive to produce new injection procedures with replacement drugs(Feldman 1329). These efforts have led to many lethal injections being botched(Feldman 1330). For example, the execution of Clayton Lockett was botched when, after he was given an injection of lethal drugs that had never been used before(Shah 148). Soon after the mixture was injected into Lockett, he started to breathe heavily, thrash out in pain, clamping his teeth together, and strained to raise his head up(Shah 149). Eventually, Lockett died from a heart attack almost forty-five minutes after he first received the drug mixture(Shah 149). This could be considered as a form of cruel and unusual punishment, which the Eighth Amendm... ... middle of paper ... ...he courts are extraordinarily generous in granting reversals in death penalty cases”(Sharp 247). While it is hard to determine the exact percentage of the error rate concerning the death penalty, the justice system does take precaution when dealing with a death penalty case than other cases. Also, there will always be a slight error rate no matter how careful the court is when it concerns this matter. In some cases, maybe it is better to be safe from a potential murderer than sorry. The Eighth Amendment was established in order to protect the people of the United States of America from cruel and unusual punishment. Capital punishment, in some cases, goes against this amendment. On the other hand, the possibility of protection from murderers may outweigh it violating the Eighth Amendment. In the end, it is possible that all the death penalty needs are some reformation.
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