As of April 2012, 33 U.S. states allow the death penalty as a punishment. In 2010, there were 46 legal executions in the U.S. In 2011, there were 43 and these were the only legal executions carried out in the Western Hemisphere.
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Chosen as best answer. I just simply agree with what you've said. Aloha, Stephanie
Thanks for your reply. I tend to oppose the death penalty because it is not fairly distributed & it is barbaric compared to trends in the rest of the world. There have also been those later proven innocent. Tough issue.
I agree that there are many who don't deserve our tax dollars for 30 years or for the rest of their lives. I'm just not sure killing them is the answer. What happens to those later proven innocent? Thanks so much for your reply.
I think it should be reserved for cases that there is no doubting who did it. I just read about Josef Fritzl (not American) who held his daughter as a sex slave for 24 years. That's a perfect case for the death penalty.
I totally agree. In fact, I think it's preposterous in many cases where guilt is evident that U.S. courts spend time and money going through the motions. One example is the Aurora theatre shooter who will be going to trial. Why? Infuriating.