The death penalty- It´s it good or bad?

Essay by yuan182College, UndergraduateF, May 2005

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The death penalty, or capital punishment, is a controversy in the United States and in the whole world, because with this punishment a person's life is taken for something that he did in his life and the judge found him guilty, so the condemned person is given the death penalty.

The controversy on this topic is why take the life of someone, if the only one that should be able to take your life is the one that gave it to you, like God. Even if a mother gave some of this life, she can't take it.

At this moment the death penalty is used in 39 states and there are 5 methods of executing a person condemned to the death penalty:

· LETHAL INJECTION: Lethal Injection is the most common used execution in the United States of America. The condemned receives several drugs intravenous:

· Sodium Thiopental wich causes unconsciousness.

· Pancuronium Bromide wich stops respiration.

· Potassium Chloride wich stops heart.

States using Lethal Injection:

Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee (staring Jan 1, 1999), Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming, U.S. Military, U.S. Government.


· ELECTROCUTION: Electrocution produces visibly destructive effects as the body's internal organs are burned; The body changes color, the flesh swells and may even catch fire. The prisoner may defecate, urinate or vomit blood. Witnesses always report that there is a smell of burning flesh.

States using Electrocution:

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia.

· GAS CHAMBER: The prisoner is restrained in steel chamber, below which is a pan. Upon a signal,