The Death Penalty Should Not Be Required Essay

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Capital Punishment The 14th Amendment states that excessive bail should not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted. If this is stated in our Constitution, why is it that 31 out of the 50 states in the USA enable the death penalty? The answer to that is beyond me because, in my opinion, no state should allow capital punishment for the simple reason that it is a form of cruel punishment. Because of this and many other reasons that I will bring up, I believe that the death penalty should be abolished throughout the United States. Cruel and unusual punishment, as the fourteenth amendment states it, is defined as torture, deliberately inflicting punishment, and/or a form of abuse that is too severe and relentless for a particular crime committed. If you ask me, the death penalty is the epitome of cruel punishment, because it is the ultimate punishment; death itself. Basic human standards are thus compromised. People in favor of the death penalty might say that the methods of executing an inmate have become less cruel. They believe that somehow injecting a lethal dose is less cruel than hanging, electrocuting, or exposing someone to poison gas. Regardless what they think, the act of injecting someone with a lethal dose still has the same end result, with death. Medina 2 Killing someone because they killed someone is inhumane and only continues the circle of violence. Humans, not just in the United States, but in
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