USA TODAY US Edition
It is understandable that some
would demand capital punishment for the severest of crimes. Vengeance is part of the human emotional makeup.
However, capital punishment does not effectively deter crime. It is costly when one considers the appeals process. Perhaps the greatest problem with capital punishment is that it forces a defendant’s case to be heard by a jury composed of a skewed selection of the community.
Moreover, a life sentence without the possibility of parole is for all practical purposes a death penalty. That should satisfy the most vengeful proponent of capital punishment.
Execution as a punishment for crime has outlived its usefulness and should be done away with.
John L. Indo Houston