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Cruel and Unusual: Should Capital Punishment Hurt?
Painful executions threaten the existence of capital punishment, as they will further ignite activists.
The support for capital punishment has been declining as there has been increasing
of the pain associated with lethal injection. Making executions painful could jeopardize the acceptance of capital punishment in general.
of voters would choose a punishment other than the death penalty for murders. They would be against making capital punishment more severe.
Capital punishment should be abolished in the United States.
It is a strategic choice for activists to target the recently added element of pain before demanding an end to capital punishment because it is has a higher chance of success.
against the death penalty are mobilised by the right to life. How executions are performed may not be an issue that will increase their mobilisation.
Because society changes incrementally the painfulness would be abolished before the death sentence in its entirety.