The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished Essay

781 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
Introduction The death penalty is one off the premier issues facing not only criminal justice professionals, but every day citizens as well. The purpose of this paper is to examine the death penalty in the United States including ways to carry out and arguments to abolish, the costs involved, and possible alternatives. “In 1972, the Supreme Court declared that under then-existing laws ‘the imposition and carrying out of the death penalty… constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.’ (Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238),” (source). In 1976, the United States Supreme Court decided on the case Gregg v. Georgia that the death penalty would be reinstated after some years of being considered unconstitutional. However, with the wording of the decision, the states have the right to decide on the methods and justifications for their execution process (Gregg, 2015). Since that year, there have been over fourteen hundred executions. More than 150 people have been exonerated while they sat on death row, awaiting their death, with ten individuals exonerated after their execution (Executed, 2015). There are currently five ways in which people are put to death: lethal injection, gas chamber, electrocution, hanging, and firing squad. Many individuals and groups are actively trying to abolish the death penalty nationwide for different reasons. Some argue that the government does not have the authority to put someone to death. Other argue…

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