Countless studies conducted have failed to demonstrate that capital punishment acts as a deterrent to violent crimes. US states that don’t have the death penalty have much lower murder rates, while the southern states have the highest murder rate and 80% of executions have been carried out there, although, it must be said, actual executions are waning.
Also, the death penalty costs states millions of dollars. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not cheaper.
(Source: , via erkings)