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In Robert Johnsons book Death Work he discusses his strong argument against the death penalty He raises several key points that question the morality of executions He suggests that executions are cruel and unusual punishment inhumane and have negative effects on all people involved To understand the death penalty one must realize that it is a process that lasts much longer than the time it takes to hit the switch on the chair In America today the process usually lasts at least five years The main goal of all death rows is the storage of bodies until they are ready to be killed This is where the cruel and inhumane treatment begins The prisoners are treated as animals that are ready to be killed for meat There is no privacy for these prisoners They are watched very closely day and night Due to their treatment and inevitable termination inmates become in a state of complete powerlessness and emotional destruction The terrible environments of death row confinement demoralize their inhabitants as a direct function of the settings emphasis on custodial repression Death row inmates also suffer from loneliness and vulnerability The prisoners feel abandoned by the prison staff treated like animals who are denied any kind of human compassion and even treated like they have already died They are sometimes chained to objects and stored in a completely desolate cell with no resemblance of human life They live in an isolated hellish environment where they know that society has already decided that they no longer deserve to be alive Since they are defenseless and totally alone prisoners feel vulnerable to physical and mentally abuse from the officers To sum up life on death row they give up on life as we normally know it They exist rather than liveBesides the terrible treatment of the prisoners the officers who participate in the death watch as well as the executioner also are affected negatively by the death penalty
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