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Cruel and Unusual: Should Capital Punishment Hurt?
In order to accomplish retributive justice, it is only fair to cruelly execute an offender who caused suffering to others by committing a cruel crime.
Those who commit certain kinds of wrongful acts, paradigmatically serious crimes, morally
deserve to suffer
a proportionate punishment.
This will provide further closure for the victims of the offender.
If the purpose of capital punishment is to actually "punish", killing the culprit painlessly can be said to actually be a relief (from harsh existence). The punishment is in the pain of execution.
Painful retribution is an integral part of the state's self-assertion towards its citizens.
Crimes that are punished with the death penalty do not necessarily involve pain or cruelty. Murder, for example, can take place without either of the two.
This assumes a
theory of justice. But this is not a theory that should be adopted by the modern state.
Even if the crime involved pain, there is no way of proving how much pain was inflicted to cause the "same pain" to the offender.
The convict's family will have to live with the fact that their loved one suffered during his/her last moments alive.