Individual Policy Report : Capital Punishment

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Cordell Jarzombek
Individual Policy Report 3: Capital Punishment
Saving Lives, by Taking Lives? Due: October 28, 2015
I. Introduction
Death. The final frontier-or is that space? Either way, we don’t exactly know what is on the other side. Maybe that’s why there is so much controversy swirling around the death penalty. Whenever you start to talk about the death penalty, people begin to become very serious, as well they should. The death penalty is almost like a type of fine against those who commit a capital offense, and the currency used to pay the fine? Their lives. So all in all, murder is answered with murder. So what constitutes the lawful demise of an individual by death penalty? Well, in Texas, a capital offense is any criminal
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Slaying a correctional officer, judge, or a prison inmate serving any one of five offenses? Also grounds for your removal from the game of Life. Murdering someone during your enigmatic prison escape isn’t going to get a whole lot of points with the jury, no matter how spectacular it really was, and lastly, murdering someone under the age of six (looking at you Casey Anthony (yes I’m still on about that)) can land you on a gurney staring down a needle in your last moments of life (The University of Texas School of Law Tarlton Law Library Jamail Center for Legal Research. (n.d.). Retrieved October 28, 2015.). How does one get, well…put down? Good question; in Texas, the preferred option of demise for inmates looking to find the exit door out of Ted Demme’s Life is injection with a lethal dose of Pepto-Bism- wait no, Pentobarbital (Death Row Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved October 28, 2015.)
II. Rationale and Intent for Texas’ Policy
Now we more or less know the law, but exactly why do we have this law? Well, a long, long time ago, in a galaxy that mimics our exactly and may or may not legitimately be the exact galaxy in which we exist at this very moment, the death penalty arose. There are records of death penalty laws enacted as early as 1700BC, for many reasons from adultery to aiding and abetting the escape of slaves, (Historical Timeline - Death Penalty - (n.d.). Retrieved October 28, 2015.) coincidentally enough, murder was not one of the crimes the death
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