How does lethal injection work?

- asks Jim from Ohio

By | Posted November 12, 2007
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The U.S. Supreme Court is now closely assessing the answer to this question as they consider the constitutionality of a method of execution that’s used in all but one of 38 death penalty states.

Execution by lethal injection has largely replaced other forms of capital punishment, such as electrocution and the cyanide gas chamber, because it is seen as a more humane way of ending a life. Constitutional law states that capital punishment is only acceptable if it doesn’t violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. A person shouldn’t be aware of or able to sense any pain during the procedure. Lethal injection is thought to adhere to this policy because an initial drug is used to induce a state of unconsciousness where pain can no longer be registered. For the person being executed, subsequent injections that rapidly stop their breathing and heartbeat should occur without their sensing it.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington D.C., the protocol for lethal injection in most states involves a sequence of three shots that are delivered via intravenous drips inserted in each arm.

The first of the three injections is an anesthetic, sodium thiopental, which is a fast-acting barbiturate that depresses the activity of the central nervous system. This initial shot doesn’t serve as an analgesic (pain killer) that numbs pain nerves, but instead rapidly puts a person into a state of unconsciousness that’s theoretically deep enough to make pain undetectable. The drug amplifies the effect of GABA, a neurotransmitter that depresses brain activity, while also blocking the actions of an excitatory brain receptor, AMPA, which acts in many parts of the brain. The state of unconsciousness can be reached in as little as 30 seconds. A single dose of this anesthetic is intended to last throughout the last two injections to prevent any pain during the moments leading up to death (pronounced after the heart stops beating for a certain amount of time).

After the initial injection, the intravenous line is quickly flushed with saline, a neutral substance commonly used to push a drug into the bloodstream more quickly. Subsequently, pancuronium bromide is administered. It acts as a neuromuscular blocker, preventing a nerve messenger, acetylcholine, from communicating with muscles. The result is a complete muscle paralysis, which causes respiratory arrest since the diaphragm—a muscle imperative to pulling air into the lungs—stops working.

Following another saline flush is the final injection, potassium chloride. This last dosage of chemical floods the heart with charged particles that interrupt its electrical signaling, stopping it from beating. According to a 2002 study in the Journal of Forensic Science, the average length of time from the first injection to death is 8.4 minutes.

The dosage of each drug administered in lethal injection is supposed to be redundant, which means that the amount of chemical contained in each shot is lethal. For example, during surgeries, patients are normally given 100 to 150 milligrams (mg) of sodium thiopental, the initial anesthetic used in capital punishment, over a period of 10 to 15 minutes – while up to 5,000 mg are provided during executions. For pancuronium bromide, 40 to 100 micrograms per kilogram of body weight is normally given pre-operatively (to aid intubation) while a thousand times that amount is used for execution. When all three injections are used in executions, the aim is to put the person into a state of total unconsciousness before they die from a mix of respiratory and cardiac arrest.

Not only that, to ensure that the first injection reliably maintains a sedated state during the entire execution, an effective amount must constantly be in the blood system to prevent any chance of regaining awareness and, in turn, suffering, according to a study published this year in Public Library of Science Medicine. This is especially important when a person being executed could potentially be in a state that incapacitates them from physically showing discomfort while still experiencing it nonetheless. (See an article concerning the controversy over one Florida case in the St. Petersburg Times.)

Improper delivery of the anesthetic, either because an insufficient amount is administered or the IV is misplaced in the arm, is one of many aspects of lethal injections that poses a challenge to its public acceptance.

Researchers also have debated lethal injection. According to a 2005 letter in The Lancet, which looked at post-mortem toxicology reports of executions carried out in Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, the blood concentrations of thiopental were low enough that 21 out of 49 executions (43 percent) had concentrations that allowed for a regaining of awareness.

This finding was disputed in the same issue by Jonathan Groner, its also gets quickly absorbed into fat and muscle tissue—even after death. When considering this and the manner in which the anesthetic is delivered (a ‘bolus’ injection of a high quantity, all at once) post-mortem blood samples cannot be a reliable measure of the amount of sodium thiopental that was circulating in the blood.

Another controversial aspect of lethal drug administration is that health professionals are not present during the procedure. Currently, doctors and nurses in the United States are banned by their professional organizations from participating in executions.

The reliability of painless lethal injection procedures will come up when the Supreme Court hears the constitutional challenges specific to the three-chemical protocol. This case, which will be argued early next year and should be decided by early next summer, is in response to an appeal by two Kentucky death row inmates who challenged the execution process. Their argument is based on the belief that the injection of the three-chemical cocktail inflicts unnecessary pain and suffering that could be avoided.

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  1. How can any way of murder, by the state or person, be ‘humane’. To kill a person who is defenceless and no threat to you is murder. A persons life should only be taken when that person is a direct threat to you or others.

    Martin Jones, November 15, 2007 at 9:10 am
  2. why are elephants grey?

    jeff johnson, December 3, 2007 at 2:42 pm
  3. why are people tall?

    jeff johnson, December 3, 2007 at 2:42 pm
  4. why are the prisoners killed via injection? why dont the prison executioners just shoot them like they did in world war 2? Do you feel pain when shot in the head because i would rather that personally than a needle 6 inches long in my arm 3 times and dying in a matter of 8.4 minutes why not die instantly with a quick shot in the head.

    david osborne, December 18, 2007 at 9:24 pm
  5. In response to Martin Jones. I read that you stated that to kill a person who is defenseless is murder. I must ask at this point, have you ever had a family member raped and killed? They didn’t have a choice to appeal the decision made by their attacker, there is no plea bargain available for them or their families. The person who committed the act of violence knew full well what they were doing and what the outcome would be if they were caught and convicted. I myself believe it is inhumae to let them chose the way they will die. The family membes of their victims should chose this fate!

    Me in Tennessee, December 23, 2007 at 9:22 pm
  6. I agree with Me in Tennessee. Once you have a family member killed or raped it’s a whole different story.

    Reuben, January 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm
  7. Firstly I dont see how two wrongs make a right anyone who murders or rapes or inflicts any sort of evil on another human being should be punished
    for example a cold blooded pre meditated murder carried out by a person is clearly wrong so it makes no sence to then do the exact same thing to that person only its worse because their murder is pre meditated for several years and know exactly how they will die but becausae the state is carrying the process its deemed ok. the person they murdered would have had no idea until maybe they turned round to see a gun pointing at their head and then a split second later a bullet through the head. If capital punishment has to stay I dont see how they seem to find it difficult to find a humane method to murder the inmate. what the hell is wrong with putting the inmate out as though having an operation and then stop the body functions I personally think they want to make them suffer during the excution its bizarr that its legal to violently murder someone then be allowed home and get payed for it. ELECTROCUTION, POISON GAS, INJECTIONS, HANGING are all as wrong as the crime they are susposed to be punishing. thanks for reading

    stuart, January 21, 2008 at 1:44 am
  8. I think that lethal injection is too good for any murder. To kill a murder, first find out how they killed their victims, then kill them that way. if wanted to the family of the victim can even help kill them.

    Stephanie, March 3, 2008 at 6:08 pm
  9. THANK YOU! i have been looking for this information everywhere and wasn’t able to find it anywhere! you are a lifesaver!

    Stacey, March 15, 2008 at 2:03 pm
  10. Ok, first (Martin Jones) the reason he is no threat and “defenseless” is because they have restrained him… why? Because he is a dangerous KILLER! Duuh! Next, two wrongs don’t make a right, but “an eye for an eye” as the Bible says. Plus we are SUPPOSED to be a society of laws, right? And, as such, the Law (i.e. Police, Judges, lawyers, etc.) take care of the determination if a crime was comitted (investigation), determine who did the crime (trial – judges, lawyers, juries), and the punnishment for the crime(s) (things that are AGAINST THE LAW). If this society which follows the “rule of law” fails and the “rule of law” is allowed to be broken for one or some because of some judgement of “wrongness” of the law (instead of having the law changed), we descend into the state we are in now (where criminals get more consideration than those who have been wronged).
    I, for one, believe in the death penalty. I also believe that someone sentenced to death should have all of 90 to 180 days *!AT MOST!* (from the date of sentencing to execution) to live. If we had a system that was that effecient, the death penalty would be a deterrant. As the system is now, there is no deterrance to it… what you get is “three hots and a cot” for the next 10, 20, 30 or more YEARS!!
    My last thought…
    “An eye for an eye!”

    Scott, March 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm
  11. stuart, what, exactly would you like to do with people who commit murder (not manslaughter, MURDER)? I tell you what, you can build a prison cell in your basement and keep them there for “life”, how does that sound? Any one else that belives that an execution is murder, not punnishment can do the same.
    I do not feel that way. I think that word “humane” is too good for a murderer, and the concept of making their death a “painless” one is just simply B.S.! Not to mention, a plain waste of money. A far, far simpler solution is to make a room out of stainless steel, shaped like a tub/shower with a lid on it, an automatic wash system, and a firearm with a bullet in it suspended with a remote trigger would be far less expensive, plus it can be reused (except the bullet of course) over, and over, and over, and over again, and again, and again. Awe, hell, you don’t even need the auto-wash system in it… Wouldn’t that be something to see (the look on the murderer’s face when they lead them into it and they see all that blood and brain matter splattered about)!

    Scott, March 18, 2008 at 10:43 pm
  12. everyone is has been discussing this philosophically, allow me to enter factually…127 people who were on deathrow have been released since 1973 due to the introduction of DNA evidence, and proven cases of police coercion leading to false testimony. So the question in reality is this “are you okay with killing a couple of innocent people to eliminate murderers?” if yes, you are an idiot, if no, you are dealing with the cards you were dealt as best you can and i applaud your pragmatism.

    kyle, March 23, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Dan, March 23, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Dan, March 23, 2008 at 9:37 pm
  15. I think lethal injection has been the closest way to “humanely” killing a murderer. I keep an open-mind for both sides of the argument, but I have to say I still lean towards for the death penalty. The people who are on death row aren’t convicted of little crimes. I agree with Stephanie. I think the murdere should have done to them what they did to others. For all the religious people, the Bible says treat others how you would like to be treated. They murderer so they in return should be treated the same way as their victim was.

    Cassy, April 14, 2008 at 5:31 pm
  16. They don’t sick a 6″ needle in your arm 3 times. It’s a tiny IV line they set up prior, and put the drug in through the line, and after the first one (it numbs your body) you dont feel shit…pretty painless considering the bastard probably raped and tortured some innocent girl and then suffocated her to death.

    Heather, April 16, 2008 at 4:54 pm
  17. I have no problem executing the vilest of society, nor am I moved by cruelty arguments over the methodology. I however disagree to the “pecking” order of punishments. The punishment the shoe bomber received which is life in the Colorado Super Max I consider far more appropriate as a deterrent and more effective as punishment than an easy exit at the end of a needle. Although the conditions at this and similar prisons aren’t well publicized, maybe they should. Criminals often describe prison sentences as badges of honor but Super Max prisons are one way streets and most criminals have no knowledge of what a “life” sentence can truly mean. I would guess if given a choice, most prisoners would opt for the needle over Super Max and as such I believe the prison systems should overcome their fear of being labeled “cruel” but utilize promoting the reality of the facilities for the full impact as a deterrent. The plea agreements should be an easy quick death or a slow agonizing one lasting decades in a windowless box without ever seeing or hearing another human with all the comforts concrete can afford.

    Jason Needham, April 22, 2008 at 1:26 pm
  18. I don’t want to know about statisics. When it comes down to it its just morally and ethically wrong. The dealth penalty however it is administered is just crime creating crime. taking somebodys life for whatever reason is MURDER. As for the cost invloved, well that speaks for itself. DP is an easy way out. They deserve to rot in jail forever (not a hotel-like ones that seem to be apperaing today either).

    Bree, April 30, 2008 at 10:19 pm
  19. Well Heres my 2 cents. If you killed somebody eventually you may regret it. So If your put on death row and then you die your pretty much doing them a favor then they don’t have to wallow in their own guilt. They should be placed in a jail cell unlike the Hotel california ones you see where they get degrees and watch tv and whatnot. They should be stuck in a 2×2 cubicle to do nothing but think about what you did and why you will be there the rest of your damn life. Make the person so damn horrid that they would want to die rather than sit in that cell to think about what they have done.

    CMF, May 5, 2008 at 8:55 pm
  20. Here is what I think: Many murders get away with twelve years in prison, but those kinds of cases usually have to do with moments of aggression; sudden acts of unplanned adrenaline rushes. The people, who are in serious capital cases, are in there for mass murders that were planned, or were just horrendous crimes. These people get placed in jail for life or are in jail without chance of probation. Some believe that these people can change in time. I don’t believe that. I believe most people that get booked for cases like this are unchangeable. The way I see it is; it is better to take the life of a convicted murderer than, risk the life’s of more innocent victims.

    Logan, May 19, 2008 at 2:01 am
  21. Why don’t we just past a law where if you get caught breaking a robery, assult or murder law then the penalty is lethal injection, i bet the crime rate would go way down, forget about cruel and unusual punishment! Send them straight to God! If you don’t believe in God then well at least they won’t be around anymore.

    Terry, July 5, 2008 at 7:34 pm
  22. Cheaper to snuff them than to support them in prisons, 50,000 plus a year each prisoner. Rather put the money into schools than providing food, shelter, HEALTH INSURANCE type coverage and other niceties for our garbage people.

    Rob, August 5, 2008 at 1:01 am
  23. I agree with most people in supporting lethal injection….why do we want to have our tax dollars wasted on someone who prob murdered and raped another human being??? Why not use the money for AIDS, Cancer, or other charities? I they kill someone…they deserve to die and very horrible death. I think it should be horrifying, slow, and painful to them….I would let them die revive them and kill them again…….thats how death penalty should be…..

    Anthony, August 11, 2008 at 10:08 am
  24. I have thought this over many times now. I don’t think they should be able to have a voice when it comes to their death. The people they killed didn’t get to decide their own fate, why should a criminal? I think it should be an eye for an eye, but aren’t we just as bad for killing them? I agree they should die. What about the person who administers the shot? Are they a murderer now?

    Melissa, September 2, 2008 at 8:40 am
  25. I’ve gone through all of these comments an really thought about this and i’m so unsure of what I think.
    I don’t think that a way to punish someone for taking someone else’s life is to take theirs, taking another persons life is WRONG full stop, so how can one be condemed and punished for murder by having another person “murder” them?
    I think that they should be let to live the rest of their life in jail, so that they have time to think about the things that they cant have, and basically just left to rot!
    I don’t think that any person should have the right to say whether another person lives or dies, not a murderer, nor a judge, nor anyone else on this earth.
    And alot of people are saying things like “they probably murdered AND RAPED someone” you really don’t know the half of it, why are you jumping to conclusions? Just to make this punishment justifiable?
    On the other hand, I think that once you take another persons life, you sacrifice your own, by this i mean that you should NEVER EVER get to live a normal life again! Over here in the UK, when the judge says “i sentence you to life inprisonment” this usually means that you will serve about 25 years in prison, this means that a murderer ageed 20 will be just 45 when he/she is allowed out. I think thats totally rong, life shoudl MEAN LIFE!

    UK Girl, October 7, 2008 at 9:47 am
  26. If you are a “poor” killer or rapper you will be sentenced to death, but if you are a “rich” killer forget about it!! you will be richier publiching books. (example O.J Simpson)What a shit it Justice system we have.

    Willye, October 14, 2008 at 3:33 pm
  27. I didn’t think we were talking about rappers!!:P lol. I knew it was a crime against decent music but hey isn’t that a bit extreme! i would suggest you go to an english lesson!!!:P x

    Jenny thompson, October 17, 2008 at 10:22 am
  28. I am just a 16 year girl doing a research paper on Capital Punishment. I am all for the death penalty. Why get to keep your life when you have taken one of another. Why get to choose if you get to live? The person you killed didn’t. I am also from Texas and everyone knows we have 5 times more death penalty cases then anywhere else. Thats all I have to say on this subject.

    Courtney, November 19, 2008 at 10:24 am
  29. To Courtney:

    Who are you to play God? Nobody has the right to take anyone’s life except God. Yes I think dangerous people should be punished and kept away from society but not killed. Most people who commit crimes regret it while they spend the rest of their life in prison. If they do not regret it then they need to be in a mental institution receiving mental help. Putting someone away for the rest of their life is enough, we need to stop killing and start understanding!

    Stephanie, November 25, 2008 at 2:28 pm
  30. Stephanie, If your god is so almight and powerful why does he let people murder other people since god wont act to stop these people we must. I also believe that once a person has recieved the death sentance they should be taken in outside of the courthouse and hanged rope is ceap and can be reused.

    Jeff, November 29, 2008 at 1:03 pm
  31. Listening to wailing of victims being raped, a 5year old boy, 13yr and a 20yr old disabled watched as their families is brutally tortured .The father was shot 9 times and his 29years son old shot 7 times both died within minutes of each other, as the rest of his kids and wife are force to witness . What exactly should be the punishment for the attackers? Of course for the victims they would choose death for their offenders but is this right thing to do, an eye for an eye. Stephanie in Some ways I like your idea but I would like to do more to my family attackers a slow painful death. Scott, Scott all I can say is wow and my first thought about your posting ‘concentration camp’.

    Kris, December 6, 2008 at 8:06 pm
  32. Okay, I’m doing a research project on lethal injection and I was trying to find out how does it affect the heart and lungs because I have to be able to connect it to chemistry as well. So I recieve some good information from this website and I gladly appreciated, but I also think that they should get rid of lethal injection because in my opionion this is a cruel way to die.

    crystal, December 11, 2008 at 12:29 pm
  33. I used to be completely for the death penalty, but when I really thought about it lately I came to the conclusion that nobody should decide whether another human should die. Sure it is natural for one human to feel that way towards another if they have hurt their friends or family…but I believe it should be up to God who’s time it is to go. I have even seen that the victims of families sometimes don’t even wish the defendant to be put to death, for some reason…they forgive them. With what Stephanie says, I don’t understand the ‘we need to stop killing and start understanding’ line…should we understand someone who has done something so terrible?? Odd.

    Megan, January 11, 2009 at 4:59 am
  34. To Scott,
    The Bible does indeed say Eye for an eye, but it here is the WHOLE PASSAGE! “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
    If you are to quote the bible get the whole thing you can’t take content out.
    My thoughts on Captial Punishment are…we need to let them rot in prison…for all rape victums I am sorry to say this BUT revenge is never the answer. You shouldnt play the role of god an say…”I am going to take this life from you”. But we are indeed human…so if you want to take someones life I’m sorry for you.

    Stefan, January 20, 2009 at 11:00 am
  35. The Holy Bible prescribes death penalty by stoning for a number of offences, sometimes trivial. To argue partial or whole parts of the bible scripture is mute.

    Capital punishment is a difficult subject to discuss as there are many different opinions that all contain some truth about this issue. Some believe it is fair and just to administer the death penalty when criminals take a life or lives, while others think that it is cruel and unusual punishment for civilized societies. Many Christians are divided on this issue as well, with some following the Old Testament law of capital punishment and others choosing the seemingly gentler side of the Bible–the New Testament–as the basis for their opposition to this law. Are these two Testaments in opposition to each other? Since God does not contradict Himself, perhaps we need a deeper understanding of the Bible as a whole.

    Where did the idea of capital punishment come from? The first definition in the Webster’s New World Dictionary for the word “capital” is: 1) Involving or punishable by death (originally by decapitation) (a capital offense).

    Decapitation was the beheading of those who were convicted of any crime deserving the death penalty (thus Capital comes from the Latin word “capitalis” which means “of the head”). Murder, treason and other high crimes were punishable by death. Usually the state or governments set the standards for carrying out this punishment.

    However, before governments established this practice, the idea of capital punishment was first instigated by God in the Old Testament in the Bible.

    God establish laws for men to live by. Looking at the Ten Commandments listed in Exodus 20:1-17, we can see that these laws were given for the good of mankind. One of these laws is in verse 13: “Thou shalt not kill.” You may wonder if God said “do not kill,” why He would then decree that a murderer should be put to death. The reason is that the Hebrew meaning of the word translated as “kill” actually means “murder” or “to slay someone in a violent manner unjustly.” So, in the Ten Commandments God is saying, “Thou shalt not murder.”

    God’s law of justice for the taking of a life demands that life be taken; yet, God’s spiritual law of mercy and forgiveness grants that a murderer can be forgiven and restored.

    We must understand that God instituted civil authorities to maintain order in the earth. God uses them to restrain evil and they should be obeyed for this purpose. In the New Testament we see that even Jesus surrendered to the governing authorities because He was submitted to God.

    Leviticus 24:17-22: “And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.
    18 And he that killeth a beast shall make it good; beast for beast.
    19 And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him;
    20 Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again.
    21 And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it: and he that killeth a man, he shall be put to death.
    22 Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.”

    KC Vendetta, February 13, 2009 at 1:24 pm
  36. The death penalty totally teaches us to treat others the way we dont want to be treated. If we kill a killer, we are no better than them. Also, it costs way less to keep a person in prison for life than to kill them in 30 seconds. They need to sit and think about how they treated others and be forced to change and do things in prison to become a better person. If they like who they were, then let them rot in prison. Also, there are people on death row right now that are totally innocent and will not have the chance to be free. If we get rid of the death penalty, we will have many more chances to get these innocent people out of a horrible place they dont deserve to be in.

    Katelynn, February 17, 2009 at 10:33 am
  37. I just wanted to ask everyones opinion … what if the murderer or rapist was your son or your daughter that people were talking about putting to death, then how would you feel, It is ok for us to kill someone elses son or daugther,mother or father I would never ask for the death penalty for my son or daughter would you? I know that we do not need to kill someone for them to be punished let them stay in prison and feel the hurt from their families and the victums families forever until their last breath.

    Kelly, February 25, 2009 at 2:22 pm
  38. i think instead of death penalty, murderers should be sentenced to a 10 minute beating by a dozen UFC fighters everyday for the rest of their lives.

    jsb, March 11, 2009 at 4:41 am
  39. how is a painless death considered cruel and unusual puishmend to some

    m, March 26, 2009 at 12:06 am
  40. Wow there are a lot of strong points here. i for one am against it and all i have to say is this whole death penalty thing is based on vengance and vengance is a very personal feeling and it shouldnt be something such a “civilized” government should partake in. I agree that by killing someone you rid them of their punishment right then and there. they are no longer suffering in jail. they should be reminded everyday and should have a psychotherapist so when they start to go crazy they can again make them understand and realize the cruelty of their crime. im from texas which has the highest numbers in execution and im not proud to live in a state which doesnt think its any better than its murderes.

    jennifer, March 26, 2009 at 6:01 pm
  41. Me and my partner Alan are specalizing in the field of criminal justice. we think that over the past years people have lost all discipline, and to bring in something people are scared of will lower all crimes and let the people who are “mad” enough or “mental” enough to be punished for there crimes as they should not be apart of our society.

    Matt, March 30, 2009 at 10:28 am
  42. i agree

    alan b, March 30, 2009 at 10:28 am
  43. furthermore, we cannot let plagues on our society such as this to stay here : anti social elements do not deserve a place in a law abiding society.

    alan b, March 30, 2009 at 10:29 am
  44. overall, i believe that the lethalinjection should be stopped ; imagine if the killer had hung them upside down and starved them before killing them, and then got to be fed and lie3 down before dying – it is not right. you will probably remember the old saying ‘do unto others as you would have done unto yourself’ – do it. punish them as you see fit,but don’t treat them as ascending gods

    alan b, March 31, 2009 at 6:40 am
  45. Anybody who does not support capital punishment should then be forced to pay, via additional taxes, to keep all inmates alive for the rest of their lives who would have otherwise been put to death. Let’s see if they feel the same way after that!

    hunterr83, April 10, 2009 at 7:14 pm
  46. I personally think the death penalty is a good thing! Criminals know full well the consequences of their actions. States dont use this penalty to “murder” those they dont like. They use it to rid society of those unstable and dangerous enough to be a threat to society. If one was to kill someone in my family, I know I would want full justice. A mere fine and some jail time isnt enough for the criminal to learn that murder/rape is intolerable.

    Zack, April 14, 2009 at 1:03 pm
  47. I also must agree with the death penalty. Take punishment where punishment is due. Zack is 100% right! I wish I could meet and shake that mans hand! Good job!! A man who does these things knows full and well the consequenses if he gets caught. heck, I think we should bring back the Guillotine just as a scare tactic. Everyone knows what to expect if you rape, or muder. They should not be allowed to live. The one they raped or killed had no choice in the manner, why should we give them the choice? It only seems fair. Thats my Say. Zack, I would love to smoke a cig with you right now. =]Stay strong in your beliefs.

    Jon, April 14, 2009 at 1:10 pm
  48. Lethal injection is probebly the best way for a criminal to die. They deserve what they get which should be a slow and painful death!forget the sleepy shot!let those people die!

    Mandi r., May 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm
  49. I think the death penalty is not helpful in any way. First of all, two wrongs do not make a right and to be honest killing the person who committed the crime, is basically giving him or her the easy way out. I think it’s better if they suffer in prison and live terrible lives.

    mel, June 10, 2009 at 9:40 pm
  50. why cant we be freinds?

    anika, July 11, 2009 at 4:01 am
  51. You can say don’t kill the killers all you want until you have your family member kidnapped, raped shot in the head and left in the woods for 5 days, a young mother of 2 small children whose only crime was to walk out of the grocery store at the wrong time…then you don’t know the answer. 2 animals brutally raped and torchered her then killed her and had no regard for her or for what the punishment would be. I say kill them and lets not wait any more time. Richard Eugene Hamilton and Anthony Floyd Wainwright deserve NOTHING less than death for what they did and I cannot wait to witness the exections of both of them and I woun’t even think twice about laudhing at them as they go!!

    Maria, September 25, 2009 at 10:10 pm
  52. After reading all of the comments on this site regarding execution in the USof A I am of the conclusion that many of the contributers are vigelanties, members of the KKK, or people that are simply the hang them high brigade. I applaud those who display the rational & logical view points. I worked with a guy, a national guardsman (called up for service in Afghanistan, who was employed as a corrections officer in the states, during his many boasting & bragging sessions when both himself & his fellow yanks were having boasting sessions, he revieled to us british troops( trying to inpress special forces guys) that many wardens insisted that “dead men walking” as he referreed were given next to no sedation whatsoever prior to “being fried” as the idiot called it…he & his sadistic little bully boy fellow screws would take bets on how long it would take for the DMW to die & if they would struggle, (how utterly pathetic) he insisted that as long as the cops thought that the person was guilty, they were guilty, he admitted that three people in his state were later found to be not guilty in his state, however the police were found to have been corrupt in gathering the so called evidance which in effect led to the MURDER of the death row inmates. It is perhaps little wonder that people of his ilk (screws & bent cops , are regarded with disgust by the rest of the world.) as regards taking lives, yes, I am a soldier, However I have only taken life when I needed to protect someone elses, not as with wardens & cops for the FUN of it.

    jed, October 11, 2009 at 10:18 pm
  53. hunter from post 45 ur wrong noob it costs more for the government to put people to death than it would be to hold them for their lifespan.

    Connor, October 15, 2009 at 9:14 pm
  54. It cost $72 per day to keep each death row inmate alive in the state of Florida, in the case of these 2 animals, Anthony Floyd Wainwright and Richard Eugene Hamilton that brutally murdered my sister, the state has wasted over a half million dollars over the past 15 years keeping them alive until their well deserved executions BIG waste of money our family would have gladly taken them both out without a second thought and saved the money to feed and house them I don’t really care if it cost more to kill them or not as long as they die and I will be witness to it. Noone deserved the horror that was delt to my sister at the hands of these 2 codefendents she never had a chance against them and they should get more than what is coming to them!!!! To any one on the soap box of saving ang trying to reform cold blooded killers…F – OFF you don’t know what it feels like to have the most delicate flower, the light of your family terrorized then murdered she was a mother, a sister a wife a friend and now she is gone…..Death penalty…ABSOLUTELY!!!!! Can’t wait to be one of the last faces they see before they face their final judgement!!!!

    Maria, October 23, 2009 at 8:10 pm
  55. Lethal Injection is the most ridiculous thing I have heard of I think they should have to feel what is coming to them I am sure while they were Torchering there Victims they did’nt think of the humanest way possible to do it.. I am sure they did’nt think of a way that they would’nt feel no pain as they were killing there Victim. I think they should have to feel every pain. But no cause they dont want the murder to feel any pain. That just retarted… And I dont see why it takes so long for the people on death row to get what they deserve I think when they are found guility and are sentenced to death then they next week they should have to die a long horrific death not 20 or 30 or 40 years later if they dont die first in there cell..

    Amanda, November 3, 2009 at 2:30 am
  56. I see that no one in favor of the death penalty wishs to talk about the dozens
    of innocent people killed by the death penatly in texas alone how do u explain to there famliys that there was a mistake “oh were very sorry i guess it turns out he wasn’t guilty after all my bad but no takesies backsies” i guess that would be good enough for me…..NOT

    Eddard, November 4, 2009 at 1:06 pm
  57. First of all, don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time! Second of all, why should we, the tax payers, pay for a person who broke the law to live in prison for the rest of their life? Our prisons and jails are over-crowded as it is. Have you taken a look at how many prisoners are repeat offenders? It’s out of control. That also is tax payers money flushed down the john. I’m fortunate enough to say that I have never had a loved one murdered so my opinion is not biased. My heart goes out to all families and victims who have suffered a great deal do to another person harming or even killing them. People are so quick to flap their gums about capital punishment being inhumane, but what about the acts of violence committed on those victims by the perpetrator? That’s not inhumane? That’s the problem with this country these days is that you don’t have to be responsible for your own actions anymore. This is why the crime rate is at a climbing high! You get caught stealing chop off a hand, you get caught raping chop off… well you know. I bet that if we had harsher punishments that people would think twice before commiting a crime. Our system of punishment is a joke! You get a place to sleep, 3 meals a day, cable T.V., basketball courts that are in better shape than our neighborhood parks, weight equipment, visits at least twice a week, phone calls at the expense of the receiver not the caller, and most likely a whole new crowd of friends to cut up and hang out with. Hmmmm now does that sound like punishment to you? If you say yes than you truely are an idiot. Our country has bigger and better issues to focus their attention on than feeling pitty for a law breaking nuisance to society! Sorry but they can all burn in hell for all I care. They were man/woman enough to kill or rape, now they can be man/woman enough to accept the consequences!

    Capital Punishment Approved, November 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm
  58. First of all, it cost more to have some one on death row then to keep them in jail for life. This is because they have to go threw more courts so that an innocent man doesnt die but there has been hundreds of innocent people killed from the death penalty. I think if you do the crime you should do the time but if they can’t find the really criminal they should not make one. Who should we really punish? All of the people on death row were abbuse as a child. Should we then punish there parents? Some people way say they can think for themselves but studies show that everyone who has been convicted of murder has had wrong connections in there brain. If these people had a loving family and a good child hood the chances of them becoming killers is reduced drastically. Us as citizens need to get our priorities strait. Movie stars and famis athiletes get paid way more then our police officers or child abuse help centers. Is this right? If we put the important things first we might not even need the death penalty.
    ~against capital punishment
    P.S. Not all states use leathal injection or the propper leathal injection so the criminal may be in pain for over 7 minutes and that is against the 8th amenment (no cruel or unusual punishment)

    Kelby, November 8, 2009 at 12:49 pm
  59. I feel that there needs to be consequences for all acts. Acts that are minor should require minor consequences, and acts that are severe should require severe consequences. People who are against capital punishment fail to realize the lack of punishment in our system. An inmate at either a jail or prison is housed with a bed, 3 meals a day, cable television, basketball courts that are in better shape than those that exist in our neighborhoods, weight equipment, commissary, unlimited phone calls at the receivers expense (not the inmate), granted at least two visits a day from friends or family, cheaper medical attention that the majority ends up being paid for with tax dollars, and the luxury of not having to pay taxes throughout their incarceration. This to me does not sound like punishment. In 2002 the total cost to house an inmate was $80.83 per day (Jeffrey A. Beard, Ph.D., Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, March 2003). This totals $28,452.16 a year just for one inmate. Beard also states the following: In 2000-2001 the total cost to house an inmate was $78.79 and $80.83 in 2001-2002 (a $2.04 increase (2.6%), food cost in 2000-2001 was $5.25 a day per inmate and $5.40 in 2001-2002 (a $0.15 increase (2.8%), the total cost of health in 2000-2001 was $10.44 and $10.87 in 2001-2002 (a $0.43 increase (4.2%). This proves that the cost of caring, housing, and feeding inmates is increasing dramatically. This does not include monies spent on staffing or upkeep of the jails/prisons. Beard stated that the Department of Corrections requested a 9.1% budget increase. Giving someone a life sentence as opposed to the death penalty is costing too much of the tax payers money.

    The Bureau of Justice Statistics states that 56% of violent felons are repeat offenders. This proves that our legal system is not working hard enough to keep people law abiding citizens. If we do not make punishment harsher, this number will continue to increase. We need to crack down the gavel and show people that crime doesn’t pay, nor should the tax payers have to pay for those crimes committed. Capital punishment is a way of scaring people to do the right thing. Scaring someone to do the right thing may seem unethical, but at least more lives would be saved if less murderers existed.

    Capital punishment is needed to maintain a sense of balance in justice. Some claim the death sentence is inhumane. But what about the manner that this perpetrator committed murder, is that not inhumane? Even committing rape can result in the victim having life long depression, anxiety, low self esteem, suicidal thoughts, suicidal attempts, and not too mention any physical harm done. What about the possibility of the victim contracting HIV or hepatitis? This person must now live with a life threatening disease for the rest of their life.

    Our jails and prisons are already over crowded and understaffed. Too much of the tax payers dollars are being spent for convicts to remain inmates in a jail rather than be sentenced to the death penalty. If the consequences for breaking the law were increased than the percentage of people who would have to be sentenced to the death penalty would decrease. People would be too afraid to break the law. But as long as we allow people to NOT take responsibilities for their own actions, law breakers will know that they have a chance at beating the system.

    As far as these death row inmates coming from a bad home, come on we’ve got to stop making excuses. There is help out there they could’ve seeked. If a person is that unstable, than that means they are unpredictable. This leaves society wondering if they will kill again. Everyone has their own sob story to tell. It’s up to you, the individual, to change and better your life, not be a product of your own environment. If your child was killed would it really matter what kind of childhood the killer had? No, this would have no affect nor would it make it easier saying good bye to your childs lifeless body laying in a casket.

    Capital Punishment Approved, November 9, 2009 at 12:12 pm
  60. I honestly dont know how I feel about capital punishment. I can whole heartedly sympathize with the people who suufer mosty from the hands of a murderer. I too have lost someone very dear to me at the hands of a murderer with a gun. There are few things in this world that hurt more thank loosing a parent. I would assume it comes second only to loosing a child. But I keep hearing people speak of the Bible to justify capital punishment. Christians, who really practice Christianity, can in no way do that. Yes the Bible says an eye for an eye, but “Vengeance is Mine” said the Lord. For the battle is not yours, its the Lords. No one in this world can smite a person or avenge another like the one who created us all. So on one hand my flesh, my human self may want to seek revenge and “justice” myself and I understand those feelings, I’ve been there. But I know whats right. As hard as it may be to understand, we CANNOT take the place of God. And when you try, it only adds confusion. I’m not knocking anyones viewor opinion.This is obviously a very personal serious subject. But if I can leave you all with anything, again ….. “Vengeance is Mine”, said the Lord.

    Marley, November 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm
  61. Kill these no good for nothing bstrds the same ay they killed their victims! Wake the F+CK UP PEOPLE!

    HAUS, November 10, 2009 at 9:21 pm
  62. Most states chose to use the more “humane” forms of execution. I don’t believe there is any true “humane” way to kill another. Do one thing and call it another. That is all execution is. Some states allow the one who is being executed to chose the way in which they want to leave this world. Firing squads, electric chair, gas, etc… It should be up to the family of the victims if a person should be put to death. Many believe in “eye for and eye”, is that humane? Our country was founded on violent acts and murder. How can we sit here and criticize our country’s doings now?

    James, November 17, 2009 at 11:31 pm
  63. I work with a woman whose 13 year old son was sexually molested by her grown adult male neighbor. The neighbor was charged with the crime. One day before the neighbor’s trial, the woman’s husband was walking across his lawn to his car, to go to work. The neighbor was waiting hid in the nearby woods with a high powered hunting rifle. The woman’s husband was shot and killed on the spot. The woman’s father lived across the street, heard the commotion and ran to help is son in law. As the father approached his son in law, he too was shot and lost his arm. In a few minutes a deputy sheriff came on the scene and he too was shot, but had on a bullet proof vest and was only slightly wounded.

    So here you have a child molester, who murdered one neighbor, perminately disabled another neighbor and shot a police officer! This was pure and simple premeditated murder. This neighbor had terrorized his fellow neighbors for years with threats and they lived in fear, because the law could do nothing until it was too late.

    I agree with the scripture that No. 35 posted from Leviticus 24: 21; And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it: and he that killeth a man, he shall be put to death.

    This is a true story and the murder will be coming to trial soon. This was a sad tragic event and this murderer will receive the proper punishment. You see I live in Virginia, where murders receive the verdict of Leviticus 24: 21. I have seen the enormous pain of this good family and all I can say is let the IV begin.

    Michael, November 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm
  64. I kind of have 2 different opinions on the death panalty. First of all, lethal injection iis total BS! Why should the killer or rapist, or whatever he may be, be put to a PAINLESS death?! They conflicted torture and pain on soooooo many innocent victims. They should at least have to suffer. However, the death penalty is also like an easy way of getting out of their crime. A life sentence in jail would b just as good. Except the jails need to be more strict. Like…. No food for 2 days.. (they can survive)…they also need to be put in a 5 square foot room with NOTHING but a toilet. That’s all. Then they can sit in the cell for the rest of their lives and think about their crime they committed. Also, I don’t beleive in parol. Once a crimnal, ALWAYS a criminal! Well… There’s my thoughts about this.

    Gabby, November 22, 2009 at 3:48 pm
  65. In regards to anyone discussing the firing squad, it is considered cruel and unusual punishment to look down the barrel of the gun knowing that you are going to die. However in Utah death row inmates can choose death by firing squad as opposed to lethal injection.
    In regards to lethal injection, often is the case that the general anesthetic does not work which causes the inmate to feel severe pain and distress before death.
    Lastly, according to a study done by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), only 47% of people are willing to keep the death penalty if there would be a sentence of life in prison without a chance of parole.

    Adam, November 28, 2009 at 6:49 pm
  66. I’m American, but gladly I do not live in that piece of shit country. Listening to you pro-DP fucks, I am reminded of why the rest of the world thinks America is retarded. Look at wikipedia as to what countries still practice capital punishment…it would be AMERICA and hey, what do you know, all little shit 3rd world countries. I don’t get how someone can quote the bible as if they are religious, yet be pro-DP…it makes no sense. How could watching someone DIE possibly bring you peace and/or happiness? It doesn’t change anything.

    I personally would rather die than spend my life in an American prison. I can assure you doing so is FAR worse than any form of execution. So then, all of you idiots gung-ho on vengeance would rather give the inmate the easy way out? If all you have to argue against that point is the cost of keeping them alive, you are truly fucking retarded. If you extremist right-winged, textbook conservative agenda prats would take a look at what it’s cost America to fight two UNJUST wars over the past 8 years(coming up on ONE TRILLION DOLLARS), I think you would take your bitching elsewhere. Taxes wouldn’t change regardless. There is also no proof capital punishment causes/caused the crime rate to lower; that is a load of stinky, heaping bullshit. If anything, it has gone up.

    Why is everyone so fucking cynical? Perhaps it would be correct to say SOME people cannot change, but some people CAN certainly change with the right methods of rehabilitation. America’s justice system is too strict, giving criminals a “nothing to lose” mentality. I mean, you’re going to get 30 years for robbing a bank, you may as well try to eliminate any witnesses.

    MariaFAILS, December 2, 2009 at 8:17 am
  67. I personally think the death penalty is wrong. That murderer no matter what he has done is still someones son,father,uncle or cousin how would you feel if someone that had something wrong with them was just taken away from you.Also I think it is incredibly wrong for another human to decide whether or not one should die. I agree with the people who said the offender should sit in a cold hard damp cell for the rest of there lives with nothing else to think about apartt from what they have done.We are also treating prisoners like royalty there life is pretty much the same as before they have food and a tv work degrees and everything a normal person has except its allfor free WE THE TAX PAYER ARE PAYING FOR THERE LIFE.I imagine some people even try to get into jail because life in there would be bbetter for them this in my opinion is wrong

    Graham, December 12, 2009 at 5:24 pm
  68. an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind

    Graham, December 12, 2009 at 5:29 pm
  69. I believe the lethal injestion is appropriate because you’re taking away someones life!! You should be severly punshed! I cannot type anymore because i’m at school and could get in trouble.

    BayMay, January 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm
  70. I, personally, am for capital punishment. If you kill someone, why gives you the right to live? You took a life from so one even though you already had a life of your own to live. Now that is just mean and greedy. Because you were selfish and you took someone else’s life, you don’t get to keep yours. (but thats just my opinion) I honestly believe that there is no right or wrong way to view the death penalty. I think it is strictly a matter of opinion. Maybe 25 states should have capital punishment and 25 shouldn’t, it would make everything even and fair…and hey, if you want to commit murder and spend 12 years in prison you can do it in a penalty free state, but if you feel like dying, go ahead and have fun where punishment will be capital.

    Fisher, January 26, 2010 at 2:11 pm
  71. Everyone on this forum who thinks that lethal injection to a murderer is inhumane, needs to get some sense knocked into them. Anyone who violently takes a life, should be punished by death. Everyone in the world knows that murder is punishable by death; therefore the murderers made their own choice when they decided it was their duty to take another persons life. It honestly makes me angry that those convicted get the chance to sit on death row for years and years because the process of execution is so damn slow. My personal opinion is that when the judge slams the hammer with the verdict of punishment by death, the convict should then have a few moments to say goodbye to their family and loved ones, and then taken in the back to be shot. Bullets are so much cheaper than lethal injection AND it would handle the problem right then and there instead of being drug out for endless periods of time. :)

    Kristen, February 2, 2010 at 4:10 am
  72. im for it completely!!:) of course i feel srry for da ppl but the did wat the did they daserve it!!:(

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    janny steven, February 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm
  76. number 61 and one way before that mentioning finding out the exact way they killed their victim and killing them thaat way is a much better idea…… just saying F*** them up! after all they deserve it

    haus #61 is right, April 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    TONY, April 27, 2010 at 10:41 am
  78. I think it’s a waste of man power. Why aren’t we putting these healthy capable beings to good use. Digging water Put them to work, the family of the victim can choose the charity of organization they want improved by the assailants work term. This is all just a waste of time and man power–get something worthwhile out of thise, put them to work and then maybe they will in a sense pay back their debt to society. If youre all for killing them then you should be all for eating them as well, who knows how many starving people we could help with our pentitentiary “mystery meat”. Might seem inhuman,but I think its worse to kill someone because youre afraid of them and then just let them rot.

    Janie, April 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm
  79. Also if all murder is punishable by death then how do we justify our soldiers. Wrongful convictions? The fallibility of man? Killing someone is just an easy way of getting rid of an inconvenience. Justice takes a backseat to laziness in this way.

    Janie, April 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm
  80. give them another chance. Lets put it this way. If u were a criminal that commited murder, wud u lik to die, or get another chance to acually stop and go to therapy?someone tell me dat!

    Miss Anonomys, May 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm
  81. We cannot execute people for murder of a few people, because we run to much of a risk of killing someone innocent. But, we can execute people for genocide and mass murder, becuase it would be obvious they were responsible. What we can do for people who murdered a few people is put them in exreme hi max cells. Where they will have to stay in the same room for weeks, only to be taken out for occasional walks.

    Zachary, May 9, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    TONY, May 11, 2010 at 11:12 am

    TONY, May 11, 2010 at 11:17 am
  84. Not to mention…
    Death penalty costs approximately 20 million dollars per conviction.
    That’s alot of money.
    Life imprisonment is about a million on average.
    And government money goes to better causes (like healthcare, and infrastructure)
    therefore I don’t support the death penalty.
    Plus the immorality I see in taking a life.
    So what? They killed someone. lock them away so they can’t do it again. Revenge makes you no better.
    You have to take the logical view of economics, because It’s cheaper to keep prisoners rather than execute. If we rely on our emotions and hatred, we’ll fall apart…
    I’m glad to live in a country without the death penalty. Cuz I think there’s alot of corruption in the world. And being falsely accused would suck.

    And… Tony…

    Capitolized >_>
    Credibility out the window

    Devin, May 24, 2010 at 12:02 pm
  85. For some of the confused people quoting the Bible i want to clear up “an eye for an eye” “If you live by the law you must die by the law”. Let me elaborate, In the old testament God gave us laws because we asked for them hence moses and the ten commandments, when we broke a law there were certain things we had to do to make ammends such as sacrifice animals. We continued to fail to keep Gods laws so he sent the ultimate sacrifice to make ammends for our Sins(crimes)that is Jesus Christ. He died so we are forgiven our sins(crimes)if we believe in him and are born again(meaning made new/given a fresh start). Now that the old law of the old testemant is finished and we are now to live our new life we can forgive people like God has forgiven us! It says how you judge someone is now how you will be judged. We need to remember we have been forgiven for all our sins(crimes) in Gods eyes so we should be forgiving.I am sickened by evil crimes of course and they shatter and break my heart. I believe God is our Judge and its not our place to take a God given life. Put them away teach them daily the love of God keep them locked up and teach them about love till the day they die. Love is the answer and “God is love”. God said “the greatest commandment is love” he said “above all love one another”.
    Soften your hearts so God can use you and change the world.

    maryanne, June 3, 2010 at 10:41 am
  86. Tony, u have a lot of anger. Let go of your hurts as they only hurt you. You can let go. You have permission to let go of all the hurt and be released and free. There are many things in life that are injust but placing yourself in the position of judge is dangerous. Humble yourself and know we are all flawed and we all need mercy even the most wicked of men. Peace

    maryanne, June 3, 2010 at 10:51 am
  87. God what happened to Love?

    maryanne, June 3, 2010 at 11:08 am
  88. I’m not sure what my standing is on Capitol Punishment. It’s just so controversial. I’ve never had a loved one raped, or murdered, Praise the Lord. So, I don’t know how I would actually feel in a situation such as that. What I do know is that Murder is a sin. It’s one of God’s commandments. God wants us to live by HIS laws, i.e. “The Ten Commandments”. But HE also wants us to live by the laws of the land, and I strongly believe in this. But an eye for an eye, I just can’t seem to grasp. I know it’s biblical, but that’s the Old Testiment times. God knew that we needed a new covenant and that’s why HE sent Jesus. After Jesus came, died a horrible death on the cross, and then rose on that third glorious day; God made a new covenant with us, HIS children. So, I guess what I’m saying is that convicted felons that have been sentenced to death should get life without ANY chance of parole whatsoever. Killing them won’t fix things and bring back our loved ones. In my opinion, it’s just another senseless murder. Two wrongs definitely don’t make a right. And that I believe is how God wants us to think and live, as Christians, and be HIS witnesses in this sometimes senseless world we live in. We just have to make the best of things and thank God for the blessings that HE does give to us on a daily basis.
    Just remember a poem by Helen Steiner Rice:
    God’s love is like an anchor when the angry billows roll, a mooring in the storms of life, a stronghold for the soul. And like a soaring eagle you, too, can rise above, the storms of life around you on the wings of prayer and love…

    Allyson Barrett, July 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm
  89. “Lethal injection… is seen as a more humane way of ending a life??”
    There’s no humane way of killing anybody.
    Most americans are so sick… supporting war and death penalty. None of those are acts of justice… just polite ways of assassination.
    You’re the same you’re condemning.

    PS: Congrats to Texas! Must be proud of the blood record you’re holding…

    Terrenal, August 23, 2010 at 10:41 am
  90. after reading the comments here I can honestly say that amercians cant spell

    also the death penalty is in many countries some of these “third world” countries give there people better quality of life then amercia example Turkey

    sam, August 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm
  91. also whats with you people and the bible im certain not everyone in amercia is white and chirstan..i htinks

    sam, August 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm
  92. A person who commits murder had no right to take another persons life. No-one has the right to take a persons life, including a judge, politician, doctor or whoever. Therefore the death penalty is a breach of human rights. War is killing too. Therefore war should be illegal. End of story.

    Maverick, September 24, 2010 at 7:32 am
  93. It is mentioned that having a death penalty deters other would-be-murderers. Has it really? I don’t see any evidence to suggest that it does at all. Why wasn’t George Bush Junior, given the death penalty when he declared war on Afghanistan and Iraq? The war is still going and more people and soldiers are dying everyday. In fact why don’t all politicians that were in power and all those who agreed and all those military chiefs etc etc all get the death penalty too. Whilst we are at it why not kill all the people who donated money to poor third world countries because in fact most of the money fell into corrupt officials while the humans still die from lack of clean drinking water, medicines and food. Also the companies that contribute to making weapons too, the bomb and bullet manufacturers, the tank makers, the gun factories. While lets take it a step further, the workers that work in these factories. While we are killing all these people let’s give all those people that make cars the death penalty too, cars can be weapons and they do kill a lot of people. Oh and what about the cigarette and alcohol manufacturers. They kill thousands and thousands every year. Pharmaceutical companies that produce poisonous medicines. Chemical companies with their poisonous and dangerous chemicals they produce. Electricity companies cause electricity kills! Water companies cause people die from drowning. At this rate we would all be dead! Ahh It’s a load of bulls**t the whole death penalty thing.

    Incompetent, September 24, 2010 at 7:50 am
  94. Murder is murder –
    It does not matter which side of the fence you stood (good or evil) subsequent to the occurrence. They killed then you killed – are you God(s) or are you bedfellows?

    Caroline, September 24, 2010 at 11:45 am
  95. Simply put….. An eye for an eye.

    Kevin, September 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm
  96. Slipknot puts up a very good arguement: “You cannot kill what you did not create.” So, you ended the life of a murderer. Does this put you at a higher status than a murderer? Does this mean you are clearly superior for “punishing” someone by following their act? A man makes his own decisions in life and at the end of the road, God judges him. Life is God’s test. Do you, who support the Death Penalty, feel that you are doing God’s good work by putting a beautiful creation to death?

    Luke, October 7, 2010 at 9:41 pm
  97. Lethal injection is totally humane the prisioner isnt even concious for their death while the person they killed was totally concious and felt every last bit of their death,honestly lethal injection might even be too good for some prisoners because of the crimes they committed, so some people might be getting off way too easy….

    olaf, October 8, 2010 at 9:44 am
  98. Scott yes the bible does say ‘an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth’ but that was in the old testiment in the new testiment he goes on to say ‘do not repay evil for evil’ ‘do not take revenge but leave room for god’s wrath’ ‘love your enimys and pray for those who persicute you’ ‘blessed are the peacemakeers,, for they will be called sons of god’ ‘thou shalt not kill”love of neighbour’ ‘blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice’ ‘blessed are the merciful for they will have mercy shown them’ the whole arguement for capital punishment. I am not a christian but these are simple teachings that we should take into our own lives. If they stay in prison they are given the chance to reform, Does it make us better than them to end their chance at reforming by terminating there life, no it makes us as bad as them. And there are cases where they have terminated innocent peoples lives, now tell me thats fair. and just to let you know i am 14, perhaps everyone should be more open minded and see any situation is extremely difficult but we shouldnt blame, or judge as we will never know what whent through there minds when they decided to commit the crime.

    georgia-may broad, November 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm
  99. You people are fucking sadistic and evil. At last murderer’s often have insanity as an excuse. You people are just sadistic monsters who enjoy thinking about torturing other human beings just for pleasure. Evil inhuman monsters like Stephanie are worse than any murderer.

    Anthony, January 12, 2011 at 2:19 am
  100. the death penalty is SHIT and &)% of the people that are killed are innocent!!!!!!!!!!

    AJ, January 25, 2011 at 9:37 am
  101. Well lets just say there are times that evidence has been tampered with or omitted, testimony not true, eyewitness accounts not true.. Yes I know the taxpayer pays for the three hots, cot and recreation, but here are instances where the person was executed than found innocent.. What do you do than? What do you say to their family?
    1. Cameron Todd Willingham—In 1992, Willingham was convicted of arson murder in Texas. He was believed to have intentionally set a fire that killed his three kids. In 2004, he was put to death. Unfortunately, the Texas Forensic Science Commission later found that the evidence was misinterpreted, and they concluded that none of the evidence used against Willingham was valid. As it turns out, the fire really was accidental.

    2. Ruben Cantu—Cantu was 17 at the time the crime he was alleged of committing took place. Cantu was convicted of capital murder, and in 1993, the Texas teen was executed. About 12 years after his death, investigations show that Cantu likely didn’t commit the murder. The lone eyewitness recanted his testimony, and Cantu’s co-defendant later admitted he allowed his friend to be falsely accused. He says Cantu wasn’t even there the night of the murder.

    3. Larry Griffin—Griffin was put to death in 1995 for the 1981 murder of Quintin Moss, a Missouri drug dealer. Griffin always maintained his innocence, and now, evidence seems to indicate he was telling the truth. The first police officer on the scene now says the eyewitness account was false, even though the officer supported the claims during the trial. Another eyewitness who was wounded during the attack was never contacted during the trial, and he says Griffin wasn’t present at the crime scene that night.

    4. Carlos DeLuna—In 1989, DeLuna was executed for the stabbing of a Texas convenience store clerk. Almost 20 years later, Chicago Tribune uncovered evidence that shows DeLuna was likely innocent. The evidence showed that Carlos Hernandez, a man who even confessed to the murder many times, actually did the crime.

    5. David Wayne Spence—Spence was put to death in 1997 for the murder of three teenagers in Texas. He was supposedly hired by a convenience store clerk to kill someone else, but he allegedly killed the wrong people by mistake. The supervising police lieutenant said “I do not think David Spence committed this crime.” The lead homicide detective agreed, saying “My opinion is that David Spence was innocent. Nothing from the investigation ever led us to any evidence that he was involved.”

    6. Jesse Tafero—In 1976, Tafero was convicted of murdering a state trooper. He and Sonia Jacobs were both sentenced to death for the crime. The main evidence used to convict them was testimony by someone else who was involved in the crime, ex-convict Walter Rhodes. Rhodes gave this testimony in exchange for a life sentence. In 1990, Tafero was put to death. Two years later, his companion Jacobs was released due to a lack of evidence…the same evidence used to put Tafero to death.

    NocturnalAngell, January 26, 2011 at 9:40 pm
  102. If your gonna go out, u might as well with a smile on ur face. :)
    i dont know how they even would let themselves be strapped in like that so easily. Why except death when u can except life :(

    adriano, February 4, 2011 at 12:40 am
  103. On average the people that get the death penalty are people who have done very unspeakable crimes while ruining other peoples lives to better their own! Lethal Injection with antithetic is too good! I say you replace animal testing with the mass murders & rapists that would have rather died in a shoot out! Let them test you products instead, because the animals are still innocent while they are not!
    Thanks for reading.

    L. Crouse, March 10, 2011 at 10:49 am
  104. the fact that another human being killed some one and had been proven guilty is enough for me to say he should be executed. if you do not have faith in your law enoforcement or government you can always leave. i actually believe it would be cheaper and easier to use a 50 cent bullet rather than the money it takes for electricty or the chemicals for injection. keeping the murders and criminals in jail cost the tax payers more money, so in reality that criminal is still hurting society and be punished…besides who would want to stay on death row locked up like an animal rather than getting it over with

    it matters, March 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm
  105. I agree with one of the commenters here…A MURDERER SHOULD DIE EXACTLY THE WAY HE KILLED HIS VICTIM.

    maggie, April 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm
  106. Capital punishment: also referred to as the death penalty, is the judicially ordered execution of a prisoner as a punishment for a serious crime, often called a capital offense or a capital crime.

    The Bible and His word are first and foremost important. An eye for eye, tooth for a tooth. That is saying I most hear but what I like to see is “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed.”

    In this it’s not those who by accident kill. It’s by those who pre-mediate the murder. Those who can sit there or who can come up with ways, things, to kill or those who kill because they are blind by their hate or their vengeful nature are those considered true murders…I have seen cases where a teen or adult have hit someone with their motor vehicles be convicted of such a heinous crime. But it’s not those people who should be given the death penalty.

    Those like McVeigh, Tucker, Vaila, those are the people who should/have the death penalty. Even though Tucker found the Lord before her time was up, it was not within everyone to give her sentence after she converted. But it was said she boasted about the killings, enjoyed doing it. Anyone can fake a conversion. If your life hung in the balance I’m sure anyone could become a Grammy nominee.

    The death penalty is not an act of vengeance as most say it is. It is justice handed down by those higher up than yourselves. God in the end makes the final judgement but it is God who says follow the laws of the land. The those laws should be followed. Jesus Christ was an innocent man who was crucified for the sins of others. Those sins that these people (murderers: those who pre-meditate) commit, it’s like slapping Him in the face after everything that he did for us. Why turn your back on His word and His saying?

    The death penalty is ONLY a deterrent if applied correctly. If any and all evidence such as DNA, recordings, weapons, etc is found and the person is convicted by using such then they need to get that stamp of approval stamped right on their foreheads just like on their case file. “Death” and should be allowed no more than 3 appeals. Three strikes your out type of deal. Those who are innocent who have the death sentence should be able to find some type of evidence through those 3 appeals. Appeals take time. Their are processes and procedures to go through to get them, to enter them and to see them through. Enough time for those “innocent” convicts to show any evidence of their “innocence”.

    I saw in one statement, “What if was your son, daughter, mother or father who was convicted and served the death penalty.” If any of my family members committed such an act to receive the death penalty I would have every major lawyer on the case, every crime PI on the case, everyone I could to get proof of any evidence. Evidence could be used to convict or free anyone responsibility. In the end if none were to prove their innocence I would tell them how much I love them and that I will praying for their soul in the after life and hope that God could grant them mercy that they themselves didn’t show. Just because they are your family doesn’t mean their actions should go unjust.

    Those who are victims or are families of those victims who were indeed caught up in the twisted minds of those with no heart, no soul and no back bone, I am truly sorry for your loss(es). To have a family member(s) be taken in a heinous crime would have to truly be hard. And whether some look at the death penalty as a vengeful act, look in the eyes of those who have been apart of something like this. Look into the eyes of a mother who lost her only daughter due to a rapist/murderer. Hell look at your own child, look at their innocent eyes, their unblemished skin, listen to the innocence in their laughter. What if your kid was the victim of something like that, would you too not want vengeance? I sure as hell would. But vengeance isn’t taking someone(s) life through the justice system. Vengeance is taking justice in your hands and delivering. YOU being the judge, jury and executioner.

    And the cost of keeping one on death row is ridiculous. Those family members are suffering and nothing can bring back what was taken from them. Imagine, if your husband, wife, daughter, son, mother, father, brother, sister was a victim, is someone took their life, say by chopping them to pieces or by stabbing them repeatedly or just take the worst case scenario for yourself. Would you not think money comes into play here. Medical treatment due to depression. Cost of a funeral, income, debts, etc. those can be taken care of by the money spent on keeping one on death row. It costs 2.2 million to take care of and get rid of a prisoner on death row. There are now 3232 prisoners on death row and 58 prisoners on Federal death row. That’s 3209 all together. And to think 2.2 million is just the cost for the lower inmates on death row. Federal is more extensive, more expensive. All together $7,238,000,000 is used to house, feed, dress and execute those prisoners. When it could be used to help the victims families. Even half of that could help out those families and the other half be put to better use. Anyone here heard of education? Health insurance? Benefits for those who put their lives out there to keep s safe?

    Having a parent, grandparent, uncle and two cousins in law enforcement and military, I KNOW they didn’t get HALF the benefits, half the pay that they should. Everyday I pray that mother or uncle doesn’t get killed in the line of duty and it hits closer to home when my mother comes home two days later because she was at a shoot out the whole time. When 3 officers were killed in that shoot out. Or when I hear we are bombing so and so or there is talking of us getting bombed. I think of my cousins then. One a Marine and on the fronts lines. The other a pilot who has to fly into hostel territory. They make what? $40,000-$50,000 in the military. $35,000-$50,000 as a police officer. Please. Every single one of our finest should make way more than that and have better benefits than what they are given.

    Some people who talk this and that about death penalty being inhumane, what about the lives they took? What about the little girl who didn’t get to see age 8 because she got raped than strangled to death? Or the police officer who will never see his family again? Or the people who were in the Oklahoma bombing, the Virgina Tech massacre? None of those people get to have a second chance, they are innocent of the wrong doings in others actions.

    And no two wrongs don’t make it right. But justice does. Justice is served to those who need it the most. Justice is handed out to those who have been given a second chance. The second chance to be determined by a seat of peers, to be seen or over heard by all. That is their second chance. Whether they make it out with a non guilty is up to those who up hold the law, those who have to be witness and see the wrong doings, those who get to see someone stand without remorse and say they are not guilty when in fact you can see it in their cold, dead, soulless eyes.

    Death by injection is the most humane way but it could be better if a health care professional could be the one to set up the IV tubes. There is one in each arm. The first dose is too shut down the nervous system, so that the inmate doesn’t feel a thing. It’s anesthesia is what it is. The next two doses are administered right after the anesthesia is taken affect. The second one is used to cause paralysis and stop breathing. The third is used to stop the heart. Anyone of these used can and will be lethal. So the inmate doesn’t feel, nor is aware of what is happening once they go under. But the sodium thiopental (anesthesia) needs to be properly in place and the right dosage used. Hence me saying they need someone in the health care field to set up the IV tubes. When done right, the party on the receiving end dies painless and none the wiser. They get off a whole lot easier than the victims they killed. So why should anyone feel sorry for them? They committed a crime, they killed someones loved one, they went against the His word…It’s their own fault. It’s their own actions. It’s their own fate.

    Dante, April 25, 2011 at 12:10 am
  107. I think it is true that two wrongs don’t make a right but considering the convicted criminal is there for a reason he should b punished. However my problem is with who gave us the right to take a life? Sure the criminal most likely took a life himself (perhaps many) and for that he can pay by rotting in prison. killing him would take care of the problem but wouldn’t u get more satisfaction from seeing him suffering behind bars? We can always make it interesting schedule monthly tortures, you know some really sadistic shit.

    marisol, May 9, 2011 at 11:23 pm
  108. In my opinion, lethal injections is not truly humane! The final heart-stopping drug is not swift enough, and the average of the deaths since the initiation of this method was 8.4 minutes. A lot of painful suffering in the process. I would rather say the guillotine was more humane in the past. You would feel your head decapitated about 3o seconds. The beheading had been more smooth in the guillotine than the skilled executioners own axe. Although, their heads were not completely sliced off, sometimes, which no doubt would be unbearable! Lethal injections are time consuming, but cheaper than the hangings. Death should be easy on prisoners, I believe in righteousness!

    Liana, June 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm
  109. What if they were innocent?

    Nathan, July 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm
  110. I live in South Africa and there is no such thing as the death penalty here, which is a shame because the crime here was much lower then, when it was around, than now. We have a high unemployment rate in this country and because of this many are homeless and go hungry. A lot of these people commit murder because they are likely to stay in there because judges and juries are more likely to sentence rapists and murderers than thieves because of over crowding. These people at least know they’ll get 3 meals a day, and a bed to sleep in. There are however the one or two Maximum Security Prisons (like Westville for all you Saffas who know what I’m talking about out there :)) where prisoners beg to die, but most of our prisons are more like 5 star luxury spas.

    Carmen, August 10, 2011 at 5:29 am
  111. I have been reading some of these comments and I have to say that I don’t think religion should come into it at all because the cruts of it is if you take a life be it pre meditated or not you should lose yours. The world has gone to pot and why they abolished capital punishment is beyond me! If you are caught stealing in Saudi-Arabia without warning your hands are cut off.
    In my Country UK there is only one punishment and that’s imprisonement and even that is all wrong. If you get caught for such horrific crimes ie: murder then you should be given the most humane pubishment via Lethal Injection end of.

    scatty, August 24, 2011 at 3:39 am
  112. So we are telling people we are not allowed to kill people, so we kill people? Yay logic! :D

    Nickelodeon96, September 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm
  113. I don’t care what those people have done, it is not okay to take the life of another person. Lock them up in jail, put them into therapy DON’T KILL THEM! Think about it maybe that person killed one of your loved ones, is that okay? NO! But they have family too and the death penalty will have the same effect on them. On top of that our justice system is far from perfect what if that cold blooded killer turns out to be innocent??? This issue really makes me angry……

    Anna, April 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm
  114. Okay. I have read through every comment and everyone has their own opinion. Some say it is murder and others think the inmate deserves it. I believe it is murder and that they deserve it. On a different note….Right now I am writing a debate on this topic. So from all of those who say it is murder if you have information and professional statistics I would appreciate anything and everything.

    Bay, May 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm
  115. I believe that if someone does something wrong to someone else they deserve the same in return, but what most people don’t realize is that the act of killing someone whether they deserve it or not is more harmful to the one doing the killing because it is very disturbing to the mind and that’s why most people who kill are crazy it is not something normal to do. When that is passed down it causes a chain that’s why people will never stop killing it becomes a disease that continues until it is completely eradicated and unfortunately that still hasn’t occurred because the guy who received the death penalty dies but the one who kills him is still alive so that person is still on this earth with his mind all twisted in side. I’m pretty sure no one whose commented on this has ever killed anyone because if you did you wouldn’t be the same person that’s why a lot of soldiers come back from war with all sorts of mental disorders killing someone is really not the answer especially in our society those kinds of acts whether they are legal or not shouldnt be allowed in our society if we expect to grow intellectually.

    1Mind, May 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm
  116. i think no one should be allowed to live past 30 and if you commit a violent crime no matter what it is you should be killed immediately after you are convicted even if all you did was slap you wife. and if we all didnt expect to live long lives we wouldnt have crime period because there would be no time for it and all you would care about is living your life to the fullest instead of having all the bs and drama that causes crime in the first place

    deez nutz, July 5, 2012 at 5:50 am
  117. If it was suggested to throw death row prisoners out of planes to kill them, it would immediately be shouted down as horrible and cruel, right?
    But, in essence, it has the same effect as the death penalty.
    There would be years of waiting to die, then several minutes (falling out of plane or falling unconscious) of incoming death, and then a quick death (heart stops beating, hitting the ground)
    If you cannot, in good conscience, throw a prisoner out of an aeroplane, then you should not give them a lethal injection.

    livi, November 11, 2012 at 9:27 am
  118. Why do we care so much about “cruel and unusual punishment” on these criminals? Did they spare their victims unnecessary pain and suffering? Did they give them a cocktail of medicines to make sure that they weren’t awake and aware of what was happening to them? Did their victims have 8,10 even 20 years to prepare themselves of the inevitable? No. So, again I ask, who cares? Let them die. Who cares if they feel a little bit of pain while being executed? I’m only sad that they can’t be killed in the same manner as they killed their victims.

    Shy, November 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm
  119. At comment number 1 martin jones. Learn how to spell please

    Tom, February 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm
  120. At #10, Scott, the bible doesn’t say an eye for an eye. That was Hammurabi’s code. If you are going to quote something at least read it before posting.

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  125. No one can kill, you don’t have the right to decide who can live and who’ve to die. Did you loose someone? A killer killed your family? You’re the same, because I said that no one can kill, instead to kill, the inmate’ve to pass the life in prison, workin hard for the society, understanding what life is. Learn and grove

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  127. No one can kill you!

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  129. I have thought long and hard about the death penalty after reading cases in which new DNA evidence has proven an inmate’s innocence many year after their execution. HOWEVER, I believe very strongly that MORE GUILTY people have been executed. Sociopaths. Men who have – without a single shred of conscious – raped, tortured and murdered children, women – innocent lives! I feel that each predator should die in the same fashion that they committed their crimes. These people have snuffed out the lives of mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. Victims who, with their last breath, saw the faces of these a*#holes! “Humane” treatment should be the furthest thing in anyone’s mind…Were these monsters “humane” when they knowingly took the life of another person?? No.
    Our society has become SO “P.C.,” it’s sickening…Hardworking Americans are forced to pay for criminals to live lives in which they receive hot meals, an education (when a huge percentage of college students struggle to obtain a degree due to financial hardships?!) This is what we pay for?! I’m so sick of people crying “unfair!” when it comes to the MANNER in which these people are gotten rid of! These idiots who are SO anti-capital punishment should be the ONLY Americans TAXED and made to pay for the expenses that the prison system soaks out of our pockets! Have a wife/daughter/loved one brutally murdered…THEN tell me how sweetly and kindly you want the SOB who did it to be put to death! Pull the self-righteous stick out of your arse…The law is THERE to protect further innocent Americans from being victimized by these criminals. If your conscious is so heavy, we’ll ship ’em to YOUR house! Good luck with that. You might change your tune after all…

    Kristin, July 30, 2015 at 1:43 am
  130. Thanks to god i am a south african where everyone has a fundamental unlimited right to life. Putting out fire with fire will never works as still murders a killing in countries that have a death penalty killing a person is morally wrong. I have lost a father in the hands of criminals but that is not going to turn me into a murder and who am i do dicide that one derserves to die. My opinion death penalty should be abolished in all countries

    chumiso ngcungca, September 8, 2015 at 9:42 am
  131. Why would you murder a murderer. Because if you do that you only make it worse.i can understand that the family of the one who got murdered is not happy with the one who commited the crime but commiting another murder by murdering the murderer you only make it worse .

    Mathias, October 19, 2015 at 5:52 pm
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