Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional, Inhumane, And Ineffective Essay

1578 Words Dec 14th, 2016 7 Pages
Death in Chains
Has society climbed so low on the totem pole of morality that it is considered fair and logical to kill someone to “show them” that is not okay to murder? Capital punishment is currently one of the most controversial issues in the United States. Among the Western parts of the world, the US is the one of the only countries allowing it to remain legal. Capital punishment--also known as the death penalty--involves the execution of one condemned for a serious crime, such as murder, kidnapping, or treason--that is carried out with the due process of law (ProCon.org). Some like to claim that a criminal is deserving of a punishment so severe after the list of heinous things they have done. On the other hand, those against the death penalty believe that everyone deserves a second chance. For, the death penalty is unconstitutional, inhumane, and ineffective.
The United States is a country known for having rights that many other countries are not privileged enough to live with. Countless numbers of veterans have sacrificed their lives to ensure the safety of the Constitution. It is unjust of the government to disrespect their efforts by violating the amendments that they worked so hard to maintain. The eighth amendment states that “excessive bail should not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted” (ProCon.org; Unconstitutional). The death penalty violates this because execution is excessively painful and the penalty is…

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