Capital Punishment And The Death Penalty Essay

815 Words Apr 19th, 2016 4 Pages
While it should now be abundantly clear that the death penalty is fraught with procedural and practical issues, the underlying issue of the death penalty’s immorality remains vital in understanding why capital punishment ought to be done away with. The death penalty’s moral flaws range from the inability to guarantee a pain-free death, to its failure to fulfill the state’s responsibility in the least harmful way possible, to its assumption of absolute certainty. The means of carrying out executions has changed significantly over time. Hanging, firing squads, and the electric chair have given way to lethal injection as society has sought to make execution as humane as possible, in part to avoid accusations that capital punishment is in violation of the eighth amendment’s “cruel and unusual” clause. Despite the technological progress of execution, a painless death still cannot be guaranteed, as demonstrated by the execution of Clayton Lockett. In protest of the death penalty, drug companies around the world have ceased providing drugs for use in execution, prompting states that still use capital punishment to pursue new lethal “cocktails” (Fretland). Oklahoma used the sedative and anti-seizure drug midazolam in a previously untested dosage to sedate Clayton Lockett before injecting him with the drugs intended to kill him (Ibid). Despite being pronounced unconscious, Lockett began groaning and violently struggling three minutes after the injections (Ibid). Lockett was even…

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