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Murder a common thing that happens in American society today is thought of as a horrible and inhumane act of violence Why then is it thought of differently when the state government arranges and executes a human being Capital Punishment should not be legal in the United States Capital punishment has been reviewed and studied for many years exposing several inequities and weaknesses showing why the death penalty should be abolished in the US Unlike the belief of most people the death penalty does not act as a restraint to criminals As stated by Alfred Blumstein Expert after expert and study after study has shown the lack of correlation between the treat of the death penalty and the occurrence of violent crimes Blumstein 1978 Isaac Ehrlichs study on the limiting effects of capital punishment in America reveals this to the public The study spans twenty-five years from 1957 till 1982 and shows that in the first year the study was conducted there were 8060 murders and 6 executions However in the last year of the study there were 22520 murders committed and only 1 execution performed Blumstein 1978 This clearly shows that many violent criminals are not afraid of the capital punishmentThe most widely used form of execution has been electrocution With this method of executing a prisoner the individual is strapped to a chair along with electrodes attached all over the body The executioner then flips the switch sending a lot of electricity flowing throughout the prisoner During this period the prisoners flesh burns and the body shakes from the overdose of electricity When it is all over smoke comes from the head of the corpse Haag 1975Officials often defend this punishment as not being cruel and unusual but how can they defend the case of John Evans who was executed by electrocution in 1983 According to witnesses at the scene of the death of Mr Evans he was given
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