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Capital punishment has been in effect since the 1600s Cole 451 However in 1972 the US Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment which was unconstitutional according to the Eighth amendment It was public opinion that the current methods of execution hanging electrocution and facing a firing squad were too slow and painful upon the person to be executed Cole 451 The US Supreme Court reversed this decision when a cleaner way to bring about death was found in 1976 This cleaner way is death by lethal injection which is quick and painless if administered right Cole 450 Since capital punishment has been reinstituted many people have argued for and against capital punishment Some say the death penalty is what the criminal deserves while others object to it because death is irreversible I feel the death penalty is a good form of justice because only about 250 people a year get the death penalty and they are guilty beyond a doubt and dont deserve living with the possibility of parole The sentencing judge or jury are ordered by the Supreme Court to look for specific aggravating and mitigating factors in deciding which convicted murderers should be sentenced to death Cole 451 Some of these mitigating factors are the defendants motivation character personal history and most of all remorse CostanzoEvery year approximately 250 new offenders are added to death row In 1994 there were 2850 persons awaiting execution Yet no more than thirty-eight people have been executed a year since 1976 This is a ridiculously low number compared to 199 persons executed in 1935 all from Cole 451 The reason for this slow execution rate is the process of appeals from sentencing to execution there is about a seven to eight year wait The convicts cases are reviewed by the state courts and through the federal courts Cole 451 With all this opportunity for the case to be turned over or
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