How the Death Penalty Sets an Example

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How the Death Penalty Sets an Example
Ever since the death penalty has been reenacted in 1976, there has been a great deal of controversy on whether it is acceptable to, in some cases, for the punishment for killing to be subsidized with death. With 1287 executions that have been gone through with, there is a relatively small percentage of the prison population that execution pertains to (Rogers). 34 states have legalized this method of punishment in the form of lethal injection, and handfuls have a back-up method as well. Many would argue that it goes against ones’ Constitutional Rights, given to us by our forefathers. On the contrary, the death penalty can be a positive because it can, in turn, reduce the amount of violent crime committed by making an example of those that are on death row and those that actually are lethally injected. The death penalty is not a morbid and inhumane way to punish violent criminals, but rather a way to keep citizens in line and reduce violent crimes.

Some say that the capital punishment, or the states’ punishment for a crime, is inhumane and painful. Many that take this side of the argument are either misguided or wrongly educated. The death penalty is very humane and is administered in three steps; first sodium thiopental is injected, which is an anesthetic that essentially numbs the inmate (Kennedy). After this, Pancurinium, a muscle relaxant, is administered. The last drug given to the inmate via-IV is potassium chloride, which causes the inmate to quickly go into cardiac arrest. The whole process of administering these drugs and the inmate going into cardiac arrest takes only seven minutes, and does not cause the prison mate any sort of suffering or pain at all. There is a great deal of evidence from medically trained professionals that this is the most humane way for an execution to be gone through with, and is what all the states who enforce the death penalty use for their execution.

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