It is premeditated murder. The method of killing has been decided. The time and place are set. The public has been made aware. The facility goes into lockdown. All entrances to the site are heavily guarded. The event is entirely planned.
Its use varies. Some states employ the punishment. Others forbid it. Race, gender and class all play a role in its use. Sometimes, it has erred and taken the wrong life. Now it has become a drug experiment.
Its primary purpose appears to be revenge. Some people applaud its use. It is sanctioned by the state. It goes by the name of Death Penalty.
It is grotesque. It is inhumane. It is beneath us as a people. And it is time to abolish death as punishment.