The Death Penalty: Does It Violate the Eighth Amendment?

A judge in California has declared the death penalty unconstitutional, referring to the system as “completely dysfunctional.

U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney (Orange County) has said that the capital punishment system violates the Eighth Amendment (which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment) due to inconsistencies and delays. The judge also feels that the death penalty isn’t a good enough crime deterrent because the punishment is administered to too few people – since 1978, approximately 900 prisoners have been sentenced to death, but only 13 have been executed. Carney feels that these delays have turned sentencing someone to death into a sentence of life in prison with a slim possibility of death.

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What’s your opinion? Read more about this topic and the case that brought Judge Carney to make these statements here.

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