The death penalty is another issue where liberals and conservatives seem to be coming to a consensus regarding its implementation and the cost of this exceedingly expensive form of punishment. While the death penalty is constitutionally permissible, National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru said, "The state has the legitimate authority to execute criminals, but it should refrain if it has other means of protecting people from them. Our government almost always does.” As for costs, in some counties, capital punishment has become a budget buster. Last summer, death row inmates in Oklahoma petitioned the Supreme Court in Glossip v. Gross, saying that the drugs used in the lethal injection process would violate their constitutional rights. The case gained national attention when one of the defendants, Charles Warner, was given a botched execution since the state used the wrong drugs. Sodium thiopental was commonly used to make sure the inmate did not feel pain during the process, which ultimately ends with potassium chloride being injected to induce cardiac arrest.
In Illinois the death penalty was stopped by then Governor Ryan. I believe someone recently was executed in Texas. The bottom line is we want to be assured that the person is actually guilty.
Which brings up the question should we totally eliminate the death penalty? Does it serve as a deterrent? One aspect of the death penalty is the long appeals method which **incarcerates **individuals for years before final judgement is passed. Should this be reduced and streamlined? With modern technology crime labs are able to determine more.