The constitution states that there should be "no cruel and unusual punishments". Well, the death penalty is both cruel an unusual. How can killing someone not be cruel. What about the people who are innocent and are convicted and sent to die. This is horribly wrong and needs to stop!
The 8th Amendment says that there shall be no "cruel and unusual" punishment. The death penalty is "per se" cruel and unusual since it doesn't give the criminal the opportunity to "fix" his mistakes. Also it diminishes society to the same moral level as the criminal and makes our society more bloodthirsty. Also the 14th Amendment clearly says that nobody shall be deprived of his life.
The 8th Amendment to the US Constitution states that There shall be no cruel and unusual punishment. Likewise, the 14th Amendment States that no person shall be deprived of Life, limb, or property. Our Founding Fathers strictly forbade that, and we Do it anyway? Please help us make our country wise and strong, generous and accepting, a Symbol of what is best in each of us.
"...No system of justice can produce results which are 100% certain all the time. Mistakes will be made in any system which relies upon human testimony for proof. We should be vigilant to uncover and avoid such mistakes. Our system of justice rightfully demands a higher standard for death penalty cases. However, the risk of making a mistake with the extraordinary due process applied in death penalty cases is very small, and there is no credible evidence to show that any innocent persons have been executed at least since the death penalty was reactivated in 1976... The inevitability of a mistake should not serve as grounds to eliminate the death penalty any more than the risk of having a fatal wreck should make automobiles illegal..."
Steven D. Stewart, JD
Prosecuting Attorney for Clark County Indiana
Message on the Clark County Prosecutor website accessed
Aug. 6, 2008
For one, it is cruel and unusual punishment. If the procedure goes wrong, the criminal could suffer. This might make some people happy but I believe it is wrong. No one on the earth should have to suffer or be uncomfortable. The government says very clearly that murder is wrong, but, through the death penalty, you're killing another person.
Death solves no problem and rehabilitates nobody, which is why it is illegal to kill.
Capital punishment carried out with the will of the people turns the people into murderers.
The number of innocents both freed from death row and executed before found innocent only demeans the constitution and causes mistrust and fear of the judicial process by all.
"Cruel and unusual punishment" In words is for example killing someone intentionally and or torture. If you sentence someone to life in prison, they'll die naturally, that's not cruel nor unusual (especially in today's society). But if you put them into the death penalty, you (government) are killing that person. It's the only "legal" murder. You're taking someones life and freedoms away early on and they now don't have the time to change.
Those that use "Cruel and Unusual" as an argument or the 14th amendment don't know anything about the constitution.
If Death was "cruel and unusual, that would mean a life sentence would be also "cruel and usual" as they are sentenced to die naturally in prison.. And if you ask me, that is pretty "cruel and unusual" to let them sit behind bars for years till they die.
No state shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.
Which means if you break the law, the state can most certainly deprive you of "Life, Liberty, or Property"..
Otherwise we could never arrest anyone because "Liberty" is in the 14th amendment.
The constitutionality of the death penalty has been upheld by the Supreme Court in the ruling of Gregg v. Georgia. In the United States, the Supreme Court is the ultimate authority on what is constitutional. This does not mean the death penalty is necessarily a good thing, however, only that is legally acceptable.
The only argument that could be use to say the death penalty is inconstitutional is to say that it violates peoples 8th amendment rights. I however do not believe that being put to death in a rather painless manner is either cruel or unusual punishment, especially for the crimes which have to be committed to receive this penalty.
The death penalty is supported by the 14th amendment and in no way is cruel or unusual. It isn't cruel because people sentenced to death don't feel any pain. They simply fall asleep and never wake up. Yes the dosage can be messed up, but that rarely happens. Even if the death penalty was painful in my opinion it would still be justified. There are only 3 crimes punished by death. Murder, espionage, and treason. All 3 involve terrible actions that generally result in the death of innocent people. I, for one, value the life of normal person more than a human sentenced to death. It isn't unusual either as people die all the time.