Capital Punishment Inhumane

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Capital punishment has no place in American society and the steady decrease in support for it shows that many Americans believe it is inhumane. Capital punishment is a waste of our tax dollars, prone to racial discrimination, and unsuccessful as a deterrent to crime. The amount of botched and wrongful executions conducted in Florida outweigh any benefits of the death penalty. We would benefit more from completely removing our capital punishment policy in Florida and sentencing those convicted of capital murder to life without the possibility of parole instead. The state of Florida should abandon our current capital punishment policies in favor of a more humane and less expensive policy.
Capital punishment, often referred to as the death penalty,
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The amount of opponents of the death penalty began to rise following the release of pictures from a botched execution in Florida. Although Florida Governor Bush defended Florida’s use of the electric chair, many Americans responded negatively to the use of the chair, calling it ‘inhumane’. Since then, capital punishment has continuously been in the spotlight, and has found less and less support from Americans. In 2011, a poll showed than only 62% of Americans were in support of the death penalty to punish those convicted of capital murder (“Less Support for Death Penalty, Especially Among Democrats”). This change in support is reflected in changes made to state laws. In 2012, Connecticut became the seventeenth U.S. state to eliminated capital punishment. Along with the eradication of capital punishment in multiple states, the number of executions began to lower in states that still practiced the death penalty. Despite the lower numbers of executions, there are thousands of inmates still on death row today, many of them in Florida (“Capital …show more content…
Unfortunately, lethal injection is just as inhumane as other methods of execution when death rows are using untested mixtures of drugs on inmates. After death rows around the country were left with a shortage of lethal injection drugs in 2011, a crisis began. The shortage of lethal injection drugs became an issue when a majority of the companies providing drugs used in capital punishment put distribution controls on their products. Jennifer Moreno, a staff attorney with the Death Penalty Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, told sources that “states are now buying drugs from illegal sources, ordering new ones from compounding pharmacies or trading with other states.” The shortage of drugs and use of untested mixtures in executions has led to another botched execution. Death row inmate Clayton Locklett was alive for forty minutes after his lethal injection began (Ericson). Lockett’s forty minute struggle before dying is just as inhumane as the botched executions that stopped Florida from using the electric chair, yet Florida continues to inject untested mixes of drugs to death row inmates. Botched executions are far too frequent and it is extremely inhumane to put death row inmates through them. Florida should instead just completely abolish the current capital punishment policy to prevent the possibility for more inmates to suffer through botched

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