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Death Penalty By Vladi Morality is defined as the principles of right and wrong As moral creatures humans deserve praise for good deeds and punishment for bad ones Punishment may range from a slap on the wrist to death but the punishment must fit the crime Morally it is wrong to incarcerate someone for murder A sentence of life in an air conditioned cable equipped prison where a person gets free meals three times a day personal recreation time and regular visits with friends and family is a slap in the face of morality Regardless of the conditions of a particular prison someone who murders another human being can only be made to pay for his actions by forfeiting his own life This is so simply because a loss of freedom does not and cannot compare to a loss of life In reality the murderer actually gets off easy when he is sentenced to death Executions in this country are performed by lethal injection and electrocution If a person is lethally injected he is first put to sleep and then he is administered drugs that will stop his heart Thiopental Sodium is a fast acting drug that produces almost short -term unconsciousness after a single dose it is also used as a truth serum administered in small intermittent carefully calibrated hypnotic dosed while the subjects counts backward from 100 A trance-like semi-consciousness is usually reached before the count gets to 90 To complete the lethal mixture for execution society has stipulated the addition of potassium chloride A high level of potassium in the blood paralyzes the heart muscle In effect then that would correspond to a heart attack for the condemned while in the deep sleep of a barbiturate coma As April 1991 the method of execution in 21 states is lethal injection If a person faces the electric chair he is dead within 180 seconds max Electricity causes biological damage
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