The death penalty is, to some, a suitable punishment for certain crimes. People who feel they can get away with heinous crimes need a strong punishment to show that this type of behavior will not be tolerated by the justice system. The death penalty can be administered by lethal injection, a method which is not inhumane. Some, however, feel that this type of punishment is cruel and unusual. in violation of the Eighth Amendment. Many also say with the long wait on death row and the inefficiency of the system, criminals are not deterred by this treatment. In addition, they ask, where is the line drawn for crimes punishable by death? Out of 3,860 inmates executed from 1930 to 1980, 3380 were executed for murders; however, about 500 more were put to death for other crimes. There is also the possibility that a criminal might be put to death for a crime that another criminal in different state might have gotten a different punishment for. Finally, more minorities and ethnic Americans are executed, for the same crimes, than white Americans.