The Death Penalty Is Justified And Ethical

1190 WordsDec 1, 20145 Pages
“Man…I’m not…something’s wrong,” said Clayton Lockett as he lay on the execution bed. He had begun to twitch only seconds after the drugs were administered, and then the convulsions became worse. “It looked like his whole body was trying to lift off the gurney,” said Lockett’s attorney, Dean Sanderford. The doctor examined the sight of injection as soon as the problem was noticed and said that Lockett’s vein had “exploded.” Immediately after the realization, the blinds were closed and everyone was ushered out of the execution room. Lockett died of a heart attack 43 minutes after the drugs had been administered. This occurrence expanded the widespread dispute over the death penalty. People began to acknowledge the risks involved with…show more content…
The death penalty was first used in America about four centuries ago in the Jamestown colony of Virginia. It was introduced by the European Settlers that came to the new world. Since then, there have been major improvements to the system. For example, the method of execution was changed many times before the current method, lethal injection. Although lethal injection is the primary method, there are some U.S states that allow older means such as electrocution, gas chambers, hanging, and firing squad. There are some U.S states, on the other hand, that don 't allow any method because they have abolished the death penalty. As of 2014, there are 32 states that allow capital punishment and 18 that do not. There has always been controversial disputes over the death penalty, and many countries no longer use it. In fact, America is one of the only democratic countries that still enforces capital punishment. They continue to use the same practice as other notorious human rights abusers such as Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and China, but it is time we abolish the death penalty and become a more civilized country. The death penalty is a violation of our constitutional rights. The 8th amendment prohibits excessive fines and bail, along with cruel and unusual punishment, but that is exactly what executions are. However, the government feels if the execution is painless, then it is not cruel. For Clayton Lockett, the death was far
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