Death sentence does not include mental torture

By Perly Viasmensky
The more I read about the case of Scott Dozier, the death row inmate who waived his appeals in late 2016, the less I understand the mentality of people involved in the justice system.
Personally, I am totally against the death penalty. I am a firm believer that if God gave us life, He is the only authority to take that life back from us.
I also believe that prosecutors pursue the death penalty and governors sign for the execution, but none of those prosecutors have the balls or the ovaries to be the ones to inject the lethal drug or pull the gas handle. They all push the dirty work off to prison guards who might or might not agree with killing another human being, but they are forced to do the job regardless of their feelings.
Scott Dozier just wanted to die, not to be tortured. As I said I don’t believe in a death sentence, but if the man wants to die, grant him his wishes but don’t torture him
The case has been back and forth to court with everybody in the books involved. District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez ruling prohibited the prison system from using its supply of a sedative in the lethal injection. The execution was stopped for a second time when Alvogen the company, which distributes midazolam, the drug in question for the execution, sued the prison system claiming that the department of corrections, through subterfuge, had obtained its drug and that the company would suffer irreparable harm in its reputation.
It was reported and is in papers filed in Reno by his team of attorneys that Scott Dozier was stripped of his prison clothing, except for underwear. He was confined in that conditions, with the front door locked and in total darkness for 24 hours a day.
Apparently, this type of treatment is becoming a pattern among prisons, being State or Federal, because this is the same treatment being given to Joaquin Guzman, the supposed Mexican “Capo” in a federal prison in New York. Keeping a person in a 24-hour lock-down unit in the dark, without any way to socialize with others can affect anybody’s mental health.
There is a lot of rhetoric about the drugs used for an execution but I wonder how human rights organizations are conspicuous by their absence when there is visible proof of human torture by prison personnel all over the United States.
If it is necessary to deal with the pharma company to protect their reputation because of the money they disperse around, we need to remember that the pharma company has sued the state for obtaining the drug through “subterfuge,” which in plain English, in the everyday language we use is equal to “illegally obtained.”
A person doesn’t need to go to medical school to know that by keeping a person locked up in a dark room without any contact with the outside world for extended periods of time (in this case meaning contact with the rest of the prison population) can drive a person completely insane.
If the state of Nevada doesn’t want to execute the man under the “so-called” drug controversy they should take note of the circumstances and prohibit the mental torture of Scott Dozier.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.

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