|The electric chair is a secondary execution option in most States.|
When the crimes of prisoners condemned to death are taken into account it can be difficult to come up with a valid reason to keep them alive. However, capital punishment in America is meant to be humane, anything different is regarded as cruel and unusual punishment. As well as psychologically damaging anyone involved in the execution process, the threat of expensive law suits and the obvious distress to the families, a botched execution never fails to reinforce the argument for abolishing the death penalty altogether.
|Jimmy Lee Gray|
These are just three cases I chose randomly, there have actually been many 'botched' executions during the life span of the death penalty in America. Of course, some people will argue there is no such thing as a 'botched' execution. The aim is to kill a convicted criminal, therefore it is merely a case of job done. However, this attitude would then make the system as barbaric as the criminals it is executing. Regardless of the brutality of their crimes, and all murder is brutal, the constitution states a condemned prisoner has the right to die in a humane way.
So what is your opinion? Do you think 'botched' executions are just part of the process?, after all human error is a fact of life! Or do you believe the executions that go wrong just highlight every thing that is wrong with this antiquated form of 'punishment'?