University of Baltimore School of Law professor and author John D. Bessler has written a compelling examination of the death penalty in the United States. In his review, he discusses the recent developments regarding the death penalty, including the increased scrutiny on lethal injection protocol following several botched executions and the passing of a bill allowing nitrogen gas executions in Oklahoma. He also addresses the constitutionality of the death penalty in regard to the Eighth Amendment and looks back at our Founding Fathers' views on capital punishment.
No matter the method of killing—no matter the number of methods of execution—the death penalty's madness, with its ever-present potential to claim the lives of the wrongfully convicted, seems as clear as ever. Executions are not needed to ensure the public's safety; the incarceration of violent offenders in Supermax prisons can achieve that objective.
As for the Eighth Amendment itself, it is regularly read by the US Supreme Court to protect prisoners from harm, including non-lethal harms. The Eighth Amendment, in fact, can never be read in a principled manner until the death penalty goes the way of the pillory and the whipping post and is declared unconstitutional.
You can read the full commentary here: The Methods to the Madness: The Electric Chair, Lethal Injection and Now Nitrogen Gas
The NCADP has created the 90 Million Strong Campaign to unite the voices of those who believe the death penalty is wrong. We need to demonstrate that the broad public support to end this practice is already here in America, and 90 million people speaking up can make a difference.