Essay about Death Penalty is Legal in 32 States

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Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the legal authorization of killing someone as punishment for a crime they committed. The death penalty is legal in 32 states of the 50 states in the United States and ever since 1976, the United States has performed 1379 executions. For many years, there has been a serious controversy regarding the death penalty. It is often questioned whether the death penalty should be continued or abolished. The death penalty should be abolished because it is unconstitutional, costly, immoral, and can kill innocent people who were wrongly accused.
Despite the fact that the United States Supreme Court has not yet dubbed the death penalty unconstitutional, it violates the Constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment, including torture. The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma is a good example of how the death penalty is considered a form of cruel and unusual punishment. When Lockett was injected with an untested mixture of drugs that were previously not used for lethal injections, he was declared unconscious ten minutes into the execution. He was reported to have writhed, groaned, and spoken a few words and also attempted to rise from the table 14 minutes after being injected. Even though the execution was halted 33 minutes into the execution, Lockett died of a heart attack 43 minutes after being sedated. An execution that uses the lethal injection usually takes about 5 to 18 minutes to kill the victim. The fact that it…