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Does the Death Penalty violate the constitution?
Transcript of Does the Death Penalty violate the constitution?
Where in the US do most executions take place?
Do americans support the use of capital punishment?
How many states use other methods of execution, aside from lethal ejection?
Why does US have the most death penalties?
How many states in the US have the death penalty?
How does someone wind up on death row?
"The Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty is not a per se violation of the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, but the Eighth Amendment does shape certain procedural aspects regarding when a jury may use the death penalty and how it must be carried out."
"The three-drug protocol typically begins with an anesthetic or sedative, followed by pancuronium bromide to paralyze the inmate and potassium chloride to stop the inmate's heart. The first drug used varies by state and is listed above for each execution." Also shown by a chart.
"Capital punishment is still legal in 32 states."
"Texas has carried out the most executions in the U.S. since 1976, when the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, executing 515 people."
"More than half of all Americans support the death penalty (55%), marking a significant decline from 1996, when 78% of the U.S. favored capital punishment, according to Pew Research Center, Today 37% of Americans oppose it."
"Lethal injection is the only means of execution for 20 of the 32 states that practice capital punishment. It is the primary option in all of those states but four. Some states allow alternative execution methods, should the state not have the means to administer the lethal drugs or if an inmate requests a different punishment."
"In states with the death penalty, a person who is convicted of first-degree murder or treason is likely to wind up on death row. But depending on the state, crimes including severe sexual battery, capital kidnapping, aircraft hijacking, "drug crimes," arson and resisting arrest could also send a convict to the death chamber."
I believe that it does violate the constitution because someones life should taken because of a mistake that they made they should just be punished by getting the maximum sentence and just spend the rest of there life behind bars.