Death Penalty

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Death Penalty

Arguments in favor

Arguments opposed

*Executions cost taxpayers far more than keeping someone in for life*Capital punishment does not deter crime any more than sentences of life without parole.*States are unable to prevent accidental executions of innocent people.*Race plays a role in determining who is sentenced to death.*Millions of dollars could be diverted to helping the families of murder victims.*Life without parole is a sensible alternative to the death penalty

*Deters crime by setting an example for other potential criminals*Punishes the criminal for his/her act.*Promotes retribution on behalf of the victims.*Provides a useful law enforcement tool that supports police and prosecutors*Improves the community by making sure that convicted criminals do not offend again*Provides closure for victims of crime.

Court held that lethal injection did not constitute a cruel and unusual punishment

Baze v. Rees

Two Kentucky inmates challenged the state's four-drug lethal injection protocol. The lethal injection method calls for the administration of four drugs: Valium, which relaxes the convict, Sodium Pentathol, which knocks the convict unconscious, Pavulon, which stops his breathing, and potassium chloride, which essentially puts the convict into cardiac arrest and ultimately causes death. The Kentucky Supreme Court held that the death penalty system did not amount to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.

The death penalty, also known as capital punishment or execution, is the sentence of death imposed by courts as punishment for a crime.


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