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The Pros And Cons Of Capital Punishment

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In many ways, capital punishment is a classic American pastime. Even into the twentieth century, public executions were commonplace, and often equipped with food vendors, activities for children, and large crowds. Since America’s first recorded execution in 1608, the death penalty still holds tremendous power to elicit strong emotions and opinions. Many believe that these botched executions are justified, due to the often heinous nature of the condemned prisoner’s crimes. The recent U.S Supreme Court ruling reinstated the idea that capital punishment is a humane and necessary deterrent of violent crime. However, there is increasing concern that lethal injection, once touted as a relatively painless process, may actually veer into the realm of torture. Botched executions, in which prisoners suffered painful and extended executions as a result of malfunctioning equipment, inexperienced medical staff, and poorly studied drug interactions are becoming recognized. Despite capital punishment’s long and contentious history, it is an outdated, ineffective, painful, and unconstitutional process. In June of 2015, the U.S Supreme Court deemed that the debated drug, midazolam, used experimentally in the three drug combination of an anesthetic, a paralytic, and a third which induces cardiac arrest, was fit for use in lethal injections (de Vogue). Many Americans believe that lethal injection is a justified and humane punishment for those who commit violent acts. The execution of
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