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Capital Punishment and the Constitution Capital punishment is unconstitutional and does not deter crime A government that continues to perform these terrible punishments has only one justification that they are protecting its citizens However at the same time the government is not following the constitution and acting as a hypocrite The Constitution of the United States clearly states that nobody shall be subjected to cruel or unusual punishment Supporters of the death penalty are quick to say that lethal injection is humane and neither cruel or unusual However most people do not know what is involved in lethal injection Three injections are administered The first injection is sodium pentothal to make the inmate unconscious The next injection is pavulon which paralyzes the muscles and stops breathing Lastly potassium chloride is injected to stop the heart Observers cannot tell if the inmate is going through any pain at all The injections that are given paralyze muscles If the criminal experiences trauma there would be no way of anyone telling Few states still have a firing squad gas chamber or even hanging as a means of execution There are currently nine states in the US that use the electric chair There have been instances where bodies have caught on fire It can take five minutes or more for a person to die It took three separate 2000-volt surges to kill a man Jesse Tafero in Florida Fire smoke and sparks spewed from his headGottfried 103 The government has three means of criminal punishment probation incarceration and death There are four justifications rehabilitation deterrence containment and retribution The death penalty does not rehabilitate The criminal is simply put to death There is no point to rehabilitate Most people on death row did not think that they would be put to death before they committed their crime If someone is insane that person will not stop to think that maybe they will be executed as
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