Five Legal Methods Of Capital Punishment

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In hopes of starting a revolt against the government, Timothy McVeigh detonated a truck bomb in Oklahoma city on April 19, 1195. His domestic terrorist attack caused 168 deaths and over 600 injuries. He planned his attack and drove a rental truck with a 5,000 pound explosive attached to the back and destroyed the north half of a federal building, targeting office buildings and a daycare center, where nineteen children died that day. Four months later he was indicted, and charged with eleven different federal counts. On June 11, 2001, McVeigh was executed by lethal injection. It is justifiable that this case ended with capital punishment. This man committed a heinous crime that was becoming of death. Capital punishment, also known as the …show more content…
The five legal methods of execution are lethal injection, hanging, firing squad, electrocution, and lethal gas chamber. The cost of execution compared to the cost of keeping a criminal in jail always varies. Different states have different methods of taking care of their criminals. In California, it costs around $90,000 to execute a criminal, where in Maryland it costs about 37 million dollars. These figures include execution, court costs, public defender costs, and other things included in the process. The criminal justice department in Texas stated that it costs only $86.08 to purchase the drugs used in lethal injection. Compared to the average $28,816.75 dollars per year it costs to keep a criminal in jail, lethal injection sounds like the cheaper process. If their lifetime sentence happens for the next 55 years, it would be around 1.6 million dollars. It really depends on the state, and how long the person would be expected to live with their lifetime sentence. Sometimes it is more cost effective to use capital punishment, than to imprison a criminal. Many philosophers agreed with the idea of a death penalty. Jean-Jacques Rousseau said, “In killing the criminal, we destroy not so much a citizen as an enemy.” Once a person commits a crime, they become a threat to our society. Immanuel Kant also said, “A society that is not willing to demand a life of somebody who has

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