The death penalty is punishment for committing a "capital
offense", such as murder or treason, where the government having
jurisdiction over the crime and the criminal puts the person
convicted of the crime to death. The method used in most
jurisdictions today is that of lethal injection, where a number of
drugs are injected into the person to sedate and then cause death.
Many states have abolished it, believing it to be cruel and unusual
punishment forbidden by the Eighth Amendment to the US
Constitution, even though the US Supreme Court has ruled that it is
not provided that it is administered effectively with as little
pain as posssible and not in any racially discriminatory manner.
Over the years in the US there have been many methods of imposing
the death penalty from the firing squad to the hangman's noose to
the electric chair to the gas chamber to lethal injection. It makes
a person wonder why, if the death penalty is not cruel, do we keep
looking for ways to make it easier on the person being