December 12, 1984, the first jolt failed to kill Alpha Otis Stephens, he struggled for eight minutes before a second jolt finished the job. The first jolt took two minutes, and then there was a six-minute pause. During this six-minute pause body could cool before physicians could examine him and declare that another jolt was needed. Stephens took 23 breaths, during that six-minute interval. Such incidents prove that the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and should be replaced by life in prison. The following reasons prove that the death penalty harms rather than helps any quest for a just, humane society.
The Bible requires the death penalty for a wide variety of crimes, including sex before marriage, adultery, and homosexual behavior, doing work on Saturday and murder.Somehow people became more tolerant; they eliminated the death penalty for several sins. Sins such as the following:
- Pre-marital sex
- Practicing a different religion
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By killing the person, we are eliminating some individuals' chance for salvation. In fact, according to the Bible an individual who dies without being "saved" (during an execution) will go to Hell for eternal punishment. 139 "were sentenced to death and as many as 23 were executed. "Even so, many convicted murderers are later found innocent, and have been pardoned. 1986 study in Georgia showed that persons who killed "whites were four times more likely to be sentenced to death than convicted killers of non-whites. It may be hopeless to expect any form of punishment to act as a deterrent. ell eliminate the death penalty for murder as well. If 4 to 10 minutes is not considered cruel and unusual then what will be next Will the execution of children and the mentally ill be next. Moreover, human beings such as the poor, males, and racial minorities are over-represented among those executed. The ACLU describes two cases where prisoners apparently lived for 4 to 10 minutes before expiring. It seems that the death penalty is reserved for men. Nobody knows how quickly a person dies from the electric shock, or what they experience. Yet, the death penalty has not been shown to be effective in the reduction of the homicide rate. "Finally, Many people feel that the death penalty will deter criminals from killing. To further this subject, women convicted of murder are almost never executed.