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Cruel and Unusual: Should Capital Punishment Hurt?
Painful executions harm innocent people more than conventional capital punishment.
There are many instances of people being wrongfully convicted for crimes they did not commit. This means there are innocent people on death row. Adding pain would further exacerbate the injustice of executing these
Painful executions can cause psychological damage to
those taking part
. With an eye to their mental health, executions should not be painful.
Painful executions cause more suffering for the loved ones of the executed person.
The pain would likely deter at least one murder incident, which outweighs all harm done to criminals (not counting the killing-them part, only the whether-to-cause-pain-while-doing-it part).
By this logic, only a minimal degree of punishment would ever be acceptable as even imprisonment and monetary fines hurt 'bystanders', for example relatives of the convict. Drawing the line at painful executions is thus arbitrary.