Anthony AvilaJanuary 12, 2018 Senior EnglishMrs. BorzeThe Death PenaltyThe death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976. Since the restoration of the death penalty, it has brought nothing but botched executions, the death of innocence, and the lost of hundreds of millions of dollars. Capital punishment is not the way to go if reducing crime and punishing criminals is the overall goal. As of January 19, 2018, 1466 people have been executed by lethal injection, electric chair, hanging, gas chamber and firing squad.In the book Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America’s Death Penalty, Austin Sarat reported “in over 120 years, 8,776 people were executed and 276 of those executions (3.15%) went wrong in some way” (Stanford University Press 2014). On April 22, 1983 Alabama, the execution by electric chair of John Evans was 14 minutes long. After the first electric shock, he was still alive. Another jolt was applied and this resulted in John’s flesh to burn. The doctors again found him alive. A third jolt was applied and left John”s body charred. This is one of the many horrific cases of botched execution done by the states. Once the execution is under way, the action has to be completed until death since the sentence is death. On 17. April 6, 1992 Arizona, the execution by asphyxiation of Donald Eugene Harding. Cameron Harper witnessed the execution said “This man was suffering. This was a violent death … an ugly event. We put animals to death more humanely.” Another witness, Carla McClain, said, “Harding’s death was extremely violent. He was in great pain.” Both cases violates the 8th amendment in the Constitution, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted”, but the Supreme Court has rules it constitutionalThere cases everyday from shoplifting to murder and some of those murderers serve for many years or are put on death row. The only problem is that there are innocent inmates on death row and some of them have already been executed. Since 1973, 161 people have been released from death row because either they have been acquitted of all charges related to the crime, dismissed by the prosecution or the courts, or been granted a pardon based on evidence of innocence. Rudolph Holton was released from death row on January 24, 2003, after prosecutors dropped all charges for a 1986 rape and murder. In December 2002, the Florida Supreme Court upheld a decision to drop Holton’s conviction and sentence, who had spent 16 years on death row. Some freed within minutes of the execution. The number of freed black people is 84 to whites being 62. A study published in Crime & Delinquency found that, black people in Florida who commit murder, “those who kill whites are nearly 40 times more likely to be sentenced to death than those who kill blacks”, not including that Florida has the fourth highest in executions and has the highest in exonerations. There is no question that Florida has something against black people but the whole system shows that is a racial issue against blacks. Ninety-nine percent of the all death row inmates are men. Forty-two percent were black, whereas about 12 percent of the United States population is black. The death penalty is super expensive to keep the death penalty. It take $250 million a year to house. Death penalty cases cost $1.26 million. Housing each death row inmate costs $90,000 more per year than a prisoner in general population. James Abbott said “I’ll show you how to reduce crime. The death penalty isn’t anywhere on my list.” California has spent over $4 billion since 1978. A lot of money goes into the cases but no into the actual inmate or the inmate’s families. Families of murder victims undergo severe trauma however, executions do not help. end their pain. Families would benefit far more if the funds are being used for counseling. Inmates have very poor defenses which leaves many to die from other inmates or from themselves like committing suicide. The death penalty is said to be reserved for the worst of the worst. The ones that deserve to die for their barbaric crimes. ” Death by lethal lethal injection is more human than hanging, electric chair or firing squad.