Approaching Death

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There are crimes in this world that people believe are so heinous that they are punishable by death. These crimes are called capital crimes and the gruesome punishment you go under is referred to as capital punishment. Some states have abolished capital punishment; many states still uphold this ancient practice. Thirty-two of the fifty states in the US still have capital punishment. With the death penalty such a controversial topic, there are bound to be pieces written on it. The books The Last Day of a Condemned Man and In Cold Blood, both narrators tell the tale of two criminals awaiting and serving out their punishment to a capital offence. While The Last Day of a Condemned Man is told in a first person view, In Cold Blood is told…show more content…
Capote uses mental heath as a statement when it came to Perry. He never comes right out and says it, but both him and Perry seem to suffer from some minute traces of a mental illness. While Perry showed signs of mental illness before the murders, his incarceration also seems to intensify it. Perry was diagnosed with schizophrenia and extreme paranoia while incarcerated and it was also reveled that he suffered from this before the murders. “When Smith attacked Mr. Clutter he was under a mental eclipse, deep inside a schizophrenic darkness. (Capote 302)” This quote is from a man who did an analysis on Perry and provided support to the claim that he was in fact suffering from a mental illness. With death constantly looming over his head, the paranoid thoughts Perry suffered from continued and became more prevalent.
Since 1983, over 60 people with mental illness or retardation have been executed in the United States. It is also known that mental illness increases thirty percent when in incarceration. It is estimated that 5-10% of inmates suffer from a mental illness on death row. It is shown through research that many of the people who are on death row and suffering from a mental illness have had some sort of brain injury or an abusive childhood (“Mental Illness on Death Row”) The pasts of the inmates are known to contribute to the aggressive nature of capital crimes. The system tries to protect those individuals who have serious
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