The Death Penalty Should Not Be Legal

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There are many legal issues that come along with the death penalty. Ratified on December 15, 1791, The United States Bill of Rights states in its eight amendment, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” (8th Amendment to the Constitution). The Supreme Court stated during the 1958 case of Trop v. Dulles, that the 8th amendment "must draw its meaning from the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society” (Goldberg, 1778). Abiding by this definition, the death penalty is nowhere near decent; therefore it should not be used. This law clearly states that cruel or unusual punishment shall not be used on anybody, so how can death not be looked at as cruel or unusual? What about the agony of waiting on death row just to be put to death? As the Death Penalty Information Center website notes, “Death row inmates in the U.S. typically spend over a decade awaiting execution. Some prisoners have been on death row for well over 20 years” (Death Penalty Information Center). Prisoners who are on death row are generally isolated from other prisoners. They do not get to participate in prison activities or employment programs. They also are restricted on visitation and exercise time, and could spend up to 23 hours a day sitting in their isolated cell. Some people may be able to argue that performing the execution is quick and easy, but the process of getting to that point is not. For some

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