Once the mind of man becomes nurtured through education, he can no longer remain still or content in his current setting. When the seed of knowledge is planted, man will alter his surroundings to ensure that his social, moral, and physical environment correspond with his newfound awareness. The constant evolution of man’s awareness is all too evident in the American legal system, and can be found at the very core of conversations regarding capital punishment in this country.
Seventy four years have gone by since man considered it socially acceptable to conduct legal executions before the public. As medicinal knowledge has advanced, modern methods of capital punishment such as lethal injection and electrocution, have aroused more than mere suspicion that these formerly acceptable procedures, may not only be inhumane, but “cruel and unusual” means of punishment per the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution.