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Does the death penalty violate the 8th amendment?

  • The death penalty violates the 8th amendment.

    It violates the 8th amendment because it is a cruel and unusual punishment. It is cruel to kill someone no matter how horrible the crime. It is showing people that if you do something the same will be done to you, it is an eye for an eye. I disagree with that type of justice completely.

  • The Death Penalty is Unconstitutional

    The death penalty is unconstitutional. Its in obvious violation of the 8th Amendment. Why go out of your way to kill someone when society has other options of punishment? The death penalty does not solve the crime, fix the problems that were caused by the crime, or teach anyone a lesson. It is just killing for the sake of killing. The federal government needs to work with state and put a stop to this as soon as possible.

  • A clear violation of the 8th amendment

    Whenever I try to formulate my opinions about the constitution, I rarely try to understand what Supreme Court has ruled for cases arguing against the 8th amendment because in most cases the Supreme Court likes to add a modern twist to it. I believe that when our founding fathers came together to create the Bill of Rights, they clearly viewed this as one that should eliminate death as a penalty. Not only is death cruel, in most cases it can be viewed as unusual. Let us consider that this is the only crime that we punish those with the same crime that they committed. This just seems barbaric. We need to progress our society by find better was to rehabilitate people or to keep out those that cannot be allowed back into our society. Death is the end and so should be using it as a way to punish.

  • Yes, it is cruel and unusual

    The death penalty is a violation of the eighth amendment because it ends in the death of the accused. We should never kill someone as punishment for their crimes, instead they should get a fair trial and be subject to other forms of justice, I don't believe in the death penalty.

  • The Death Penalty is CONSTITUTIONAL

    Many who oppose the Death Penalty believe that it is only done in hate and revenge. However, retribution has nothing to do with the government increasing the cruelty of capital punishment. The purpose of retribution is to limit the consequences of breaking the law. Under British rule many years ago, people could be horrifically slaughtered and executed for the smallest of crimes. For example, we won't cut off your hand today for letting the parking meter run out, we'll just give you a parking ticket. Under this system, murderers deserve to be punished severely for their terrible crimes, but again, they won't be subject to cruel or unusual punishment. Most states use lethal injection as their primary method of execution and will painlessly put do death the murder of an especially heinous crime.

  • **Unconstitutional 8th Amendment**

    Just because killing someone as the punishment was done in the 1700's, doesnt mean it should still be acceptable now. Having slaves was acceptable back then, but is it accepted now? No. Killing the killer doesnt cause less crimes. Look up the statistics. It actually shows that the states that practice the death penalty have higher crimes rates than those states that do not practice the death penalty. The death penalty is not helping or fixing any problems. Wasting money, abusing authority and killing the killers is all that's happening.

  • Option of Choice

    My personal opinion is that there should be a choice between life in prison or death that can be changed at any time. If someone knows they are innocent they should be able to appeal without the constant threat of death looming overhead. Likewise, if someone is so guilty they want to die rather than stay incarcerated forever, they should be able to choose death.

  • Just think about it...

    Cruelty is applied for the people who damages our world and they just polutes our increasing society. It does breaks the 8th amendement but it is justified. If we want to change the world we have to take come serious measures, mexican student in favour of well designed death penalty with previous research.

  • When we put someone to death for any reason then we become like them.

    We do not know what frame of mind the person was in when he/she committed the crime. We do not know what caused this action. We cannot judge this person, all we can do is try to help him/her. We are taking revenge on the person we put to death. Is that what kind of justice we want to be known as? I know it is very hard for a person who has lost someone in case of violence but it is necessary to forgive to move forward. We become just like the criminal that we have put to death, we then become murderers.

  • Because it does

    Amendment number 8 states that no cruel or unusual punishment shall be inflicted. The death penalty clearly violates this as state sponsored murder is extremely cruel and unusual. When politicians try to justify the death penalty they say that torture is a cruel and unusual punishment, as the death penalty is quick and painless. Now, we dont know if this is true. There is no way of asking someone after they receive the penalty. Taking a life away because the government said so seems like something an absolute monarch would do, clearly not what the founding fathers wanted from America.

  • Does not violate

    The death penalty is not cruel or unusual punishment for those who would do the same or worse to you. People who violate laws to achieve the death penalty are either child molesters, rapists, murders, or other unsightly things. It really wouldn't be that far removed to call these people animals rather than humans. They did wrongs that only the reaper can repay in kind. It isn't cruel or unusual punishment to kill those people painlessly. Really, it's better than they deserve. Besides, with every inmate dead is $8.00 less that the people have to pay feeding a monster and can instead focus that money towards the school system or our extensive amount of road problems.

  • The death penalty does not violate the eighth amendment

    Death is an incredible deterrent for would-be criminals because there's nothing people fear more than death. As long as the penalty exists, the criminal will pause, even subconsciously because they know they could also die. Something that protects the general public from being killed should be kept. Furthermore, the death penalty is incredibly humane. Lethal injection has three parts; one to act as an anesthesia, one to paralyze (so as not to have any flailing that could hurt the criminal), and one to induce cardiac arrest. The entire process takes about twenty minutes. And keep in mind that life imprisonment can also be taken as cruel. Being kept alive for decades just for the sick purpose of being locked up? It depends on whether you take the eighth amendment as protecting from physical or emotional strife. Lastly, remember that keeping a known public hazard alive is incredibly risky because there's always (no matter how small) the chance for escape. In short, the death penalty is a humane option that eliminates current public menaces and protects the general public from new ones.

  • Death penalty is constitutional

    The 8th amendment says cruel AND unusual. The punishment can, therefore, be cruel OR unusual. All methods are quick and mostly painless except on a few occasions. Why would death penalty be around if it was unconstitutional? The government would not have come up with and started the death penalty in they knew it was against the constitutions guidelines.

  • Death penalty is constitutional

    The 8th amendment says cruel AND unusual. The punishment can, therefore, be cruel OR unusual. All methods are quick and mostly painless except on a few occasions. Why would death penalty be around if it was unconstitutional? The government would not have come up with and started the death penalty in they knew it was against the constitutions guidelines.

  • Just think about it...

    Cruelty is applied for the people who damages our world and they just polutes our increasing society. It does breaks the 8th amendement but it is justified. If we want to change the world we have to take come serious measures, mexican student in favour of well designed death penalty with previous research.

  • Well , Hell No

    By breaking the 8th amendments right on this means that you deserve to be punished, whats wrong for us if we are just paying back what other have done. When they spend their life in prison, they still get food and a comfortable place to sleep, it's the most luxurious punishment for a killer.

  • Death for XXL Wrong Doing

    I believe that one must die if he/she had purposefully murdered a multitude of people like a serial killer. If that person killed only one person, they deserve a life in prison. However, if they have killed many people, they can only deserve death. Lets say, someone killed 10 people, and he was sentenced for life in prison. Wheat if he escapes and murders more people. If he/she is dead, they can no longer kill anyone. By the way, sentencing death was normal centuries ago, what makes it wrong today.

  • The Death Penalty is constitutional

    Whenever we're looking at an argument of constitutionality, we need to first take a look at the Supreme Court because they are the ultimate deciders. The Supreme Court ruled in 1976 in Gregg v. Georgia:

    "It is apparent from the text of the Constitution itself that the existence of capital punishment was accepted by the Framers. At the time the Eighth Amendment was ratified, capital punishment was a common sanction in every State. Indeed, the First Congress of the United States enacted legislation providing death as the penalty for specified crimes."

    This quote from SCOTUS even lists the eight amendment by name. Once an issue has ruled upon by the Supreme Court, the decision is final, unless brought before the court another time.

    Capital Punishment is clearly constitutional.

  • Some forms are and others are not.

    Prior to the amendments being made there were 2 death penalties that were performed,but as of 1791 when the amemdments were made most death penalties were preformed by various methods all inducing pain,rough 15,000 people have died by the death penalty between 1608 and 1991. However, first used in 1982, lethal injection was the first form of death penalty that was neither cruel or unusual, or that's what people thought. Lethal injection had often ended up botched leaving various amount of people gasping for air for a minimum of 20 minuets to and hour,not only that but chemical burns internally, convulsing, and grimacing. Now used are 3 lethal drugs in charge of putting the person under anesthetics, paralyzing the muscles, that speeding up your heart until it eventually shuts down. I like to describe it at the biggest loophole in today's system,but that's just me. Therefore the death penalty by lethal injections is not violate the 8th amendment. As for the other death penalties including execution style and others, that's just unruly.

  • No it doesn't

    If it was such a violation of the 8th amendment we wouldn't of never had the electric chair or death row in general. It would have been noticed way before, but now it's all of a sudden a big issue, what makes all these years so different. That's all I have to say.


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