Statistics on Capital Punishment

Content

1. Death penalty laws
2. Numbers of executions
3. Trends in capital punishment: numbers of executions, legal abolitionism, and public support
4. Death row numbers
5. Methods of execution
6. Deterrence?
7. Racial discrimination in the use of capital punishment
8. Capital punishment for non-lethal offenses

1. Death penalty laws

In 2012, Latvia became the 97th country to strike the death penalty from its justice system. Here’s an overview of the number of abolitionist countries:

legal status of capital punishment - 2012

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This is a somewhat older map showing the different death penalty laws around the world (status in 2008):

capital punishment laws of the world, 2008 map

(source, click image to enlarge)

The US is one of the few developed countries still allowing and performing executions. However, there are important regional differences within the U.S.: 17 states don’t allow the penalty, and 10 of the states that do have not carried out an execution in 12 years or more. 27 of 53 jurisdictions in the U.S. (50 states, the District of Columbia, the Federal Government, and the Military) either do not have the death penalty or have not carried out an execution in at least 10 years.  Many of those have not carried out an execution since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Only 12 states carried out an execution in 2010, and only 7 states carried out more than 1, mostly in the South (source). Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen are the only nations that put minors to death.

This map shows the legal status of capital punishment in the different states of the U.S. (not yet included is the 2012 abolition in Connecticut and the 2013 abolition in Maryland):

death penalty map of the United States
(source, an interactive version of this map is here, where you can also see the method of execution and the date of the last execution for individual states)

This map is more up-to-date:

capital punishment in the US, by state

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2. Numbers of executions

countries carrying out executions

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executions 2013

 

capital punishment

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Three quarters of executions worldwide occur in Asia. 95% of Asians live in jurisdictions that carry out capital punishment. China alone accounts for 90% of all executions in Asia and executes more people than all other countries combined. Exactly how many is difficult to say. The country executed approximately 5000 people in 2008 but correct numbers are unavailable because of secrecy rules. That’s a rate per capita dozens of times higher than in the U.S., and yet it’s a steep drop for the numbers of some decades earlier. in the past decade the number of people whom China executes has fallen by three-quarters, to 3000 a year, which again is a rough estimate.

capital punishment - 2012 numbers

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Apart from China, Syria and Egypt – countries for which data are unobtainable – Amnesty International recorded 682 executions in 21 countries in 2012. Three-quarters took place in Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia (source). In Iraq the number roughly doubled in a year, to 129 in 2012, of which 34 were carried out in one day.

Apart from Asia and the Middle East, the US is the most high profile “retentionist” country (meaning the opposite of abolitionist). The US killed 43 criminals in 2012, but this is a lot less than the 98 executions performed in 1999. In 2012, the United States ranked fifth for the highest number of executions, behind China, Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia but ahead of Yemen and the Sudan. More numbers on the US are here.

India is also “retentionist” but only executed 4 persons in the last two decades. Singapore used to kill a similar proportion of its citizens as China, but the rate has dropped recently. Japan, on the contrary, is executing more and more people. Saudi Arabia is known for its particularly gruesome methods.

Just 21 countries in the world carried out the death penalty in 2012. That number is down from 28 countries just a decade earlier.

All numbers of executions are underestimates given the large number of secret or unreported executions, extra-judicial executions, deaths caused while incarcerated, etc.

number of executions worldwide

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Some more recent figures:

estimated numbers of executions around the world

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numbers of executions in 2011

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countries with most executions

 

(source)

The graph below ranks countries according to the estimated number of executions compared to total population, which is a more accurate indication:

death penalty

This is a nice summary of some key figures:

capital punishment in 2009 stats graph

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death sentences and executions in 2011

(source)

A summary for the U.S.:

death penalty in the US in 2010

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Texas executes most people, but on a per capita basis, Oklahoma leads the pack.

number of executions in the us

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3. Trends in capital punishment: numbers of executions, legal abolitionism, and public support

I’ve argued here against the death penalty, so it’s good news to see that there’s a gradual, worldwide trend in favor of the abolition of capital punishment. Let’s first have a look at the U.S. The number of death sentences in the U.S. has dropped substantially over the last decade: 328 in 1994, 111 in 2008 and 43 in 2012.

The number of executions in the US has dropped as well:

executions in the US, by year

number of executions in the US, by year

(source)

This graph shows both the sentences and executions becoming less numerous:

death penalty in the US

(source)

The time between sentence and execution in the U.S. becomes longer. In fact, only 15% of those sentenced to death since the US death penalty was reinstated in 1976 have actually been executed. Since 1973, California for instance has issued 927 death sentences but executed only 13 prisoners (source).

The following chart shows, for the entire history of the US, the numbers as well as the methods of executions (there was a Supreme Court enforced moratorium in the U.S. in the seventies):

executions us

(click image to enlarge, more on the methods of execution in the US below)

Here’s a map showing the numbers of executions by US State (Connecticut is still shown as retentionist but this is no longer up-to-date):

number of executions in the US since the reintroduction of the death penalty in 1976

Here’s another version of the map showing the numbers of executions since 1976:

number of executions in the US since the reintroduction of the death penalty in 1976 b

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However, as stated above, it’s better to look at the numbers execution per population (per million in this case):

number of executions in the US since the reintroduction of the death penalty in 1976 per million population

(source)

And these are the numbers for the whole of U.S. history:

number of executions in the US all time

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There’s yet another map here giving the numbers of executions by state.

It’s not just sentences and executions that went down in the U.S. – public support for the death penalty is also waning, especially when the people who are polled can choose the alternative of life imprisonment without parole:

acceptance-of-capital-punishment support-for-death-penalty

 

 

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preferred punishment for murder

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Given the racial distortions in the imposition of the death penalty (see below), it’s not surprising that African Americans are generally less enthusiastic about it all:

support for the death penalty by race

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When we look beyond the U.S. – which is indeed not the main culprit – we see that an increasing number of countries has abolished or limited the application of the death penalty. At the end of 2008, almost 140 countries had either legally abolished capital punishment, or stopped applying the punishment in practice (abolitionist in practice means not having carried out an execution in over 10 years). By the end of 2012, 97 of those 140 had legally abolished the death penalty.

number of abolitionist countries death penalty

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abolition death penalty

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number of abolitionist countries

numbers of executions and death sentences trend 2001-2011

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In Europe, the death penalty has vanished, with the exception of Belarus:

capital punishment in europe

capital punishment in Europe

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4. Death row numbers

The number of prisoners on death row around the world – the people waiting sometimes for 20 years for their “imminent” execution – is probably close to 15.000:

death row

(source)

In the U.S., the average length of time spent on death row is 15 years. In 2009, of 3173 death-row prisoners, 113 had been there for more than 29 years.

us state by state inmates on death row

us state by state inmates on death row per million population

(source)

From 2000 to 2011 there were, on average, five death-row exonerations a year in the United States, according to the Death Penalty Information Centre. North Carolina alone saw three exonerations in six months in 2008 (source).

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5. Methods of execution

Only four countries still carry out public executions: Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea and Somalia.

Stoning, a particularly gruesome form of capital punishment, still enjoys some support in many Muslim countries although it’s actually carried out in only a handful of countries:

stoning

(source)

Some information about the methods of execution in the U.S.:

usa methods of execution

Perhaps a more up-to-date map is this one:

US death penalty methods

(source, click on the image to enlarge)

A vast majority of executions in the U.S. since 1976 – more than 85% – have been carried out through lethal injection. Electrocution was used in more than 10% of cases. Some states still use the gas chamber:

US gas chamber usage

(source)

Here are the actual executions by gas chamber after the moratorium in the 1970s:

Post Furman US Gas Chamber executions

(source)

I think only Idaho and Oklahoma still use the firing squad. There recently was a convict in Utah who chose to be executed by firing squad. The U.S. Supreme Court, which reinstated the death penalty in 1977, banned the use of the firing squad in 2004. It allowed only a handful of inmates already on death row to opt for the method.

And this is the map for electrocution:

Map of US electric chair usage

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6. Deterrence?

It’s difficult to conclusively demonstrate the existence or non-existence of a deterrence effect because correlations unearthed (or not) in statistical analysis do not imply causation and also because those who refrain from committing crimes due to a supposed deterrent effect of the death penalty will by definition never show up in any statistic (although the start of capital punishment should imply the start of a deterrent effect – if any – and should produce a downward movement in the number of crimes).

This Amnesty International graph shows that murder rates in US states that apply the death penalty are higher than the rates in other states:

deterrence capital punishment death penalty

So this would indicate that deterrence doesn’t work. But we can only be sure of this when the death penalty will no longer be applied for many years to come in the states which apply it currently, and when the murder rate after abolition doesn’t go up. But even if all this happens, this can be the result of other causes.

This other graph points in the opposite direction:

deterrence capital punishment death penalty

However, this graph is somewhat deceptive, as I’ve argued here.

There’s a paper here presenting the results of a survey among leading criminologists regarding their opinion on the deterrent effect of capital punishment in the U.S.

The findings demonstrate an overwhelming consensus among these criminologists that the empirical research conducted on the deterrence question strongly supports the conclusion that the death penalty does not add deterrent effects to those already achieved by long imprisonment.

Here’s one result of the study:
death penalty deterrent expert opinion

More about deterrence is here.

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7. Racial discrimination in the use of capital punishment

A particular problem with executions in the U.S., but probably in many other capital punishment countries as well, is racial discrimination. Whereas U.S. citizens from African-American descent make up only 12 or 13% of the population, they represent 34% of the executions:

justice and race in the us

The racial discrepancy is even larger when you look at the people on death row:

ethnic breakdown of prisoners on deathrow in the US 2009

(source)

The race of the murder victim also plays a role: a murder of a white person is more likely to result in capital punishment for the perpetrator.

race of homicide victims determines capital punishment

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death penalty in the US

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8. Capital punishment for non-lethal offenses

non-lethal crimes punished by death

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These are the countries that take the “war on drugs” almost literally and execute drug offenders on a large scale:

Iran:

capital punishment for drug offences in Iran

Saudi Arabia:

capital punishment for drug offences in Saudi Arabia

Singapore:

capital punishment for drug offences in Singapore

Malaysia:

capital punishment for drug offences in Malaysia

Vietnam:

capital punishment for drug offences in Vietnam

(source)

In China, the numbers are difficult to ascertain given the government’s tough stance on secrecy. Thousands are executed each year, but one can’t be more precise than that.

The Dui Hua Foundation suggests that approximately 5,000 people were executed in 2009, and states that “the manufacture, transport, smuggling, or trafficking of illegal drugs account for a significant number of executions reported by Chinese media”. (source)

Other countries in Asia also use the death penalty as a punishment for drug crimes, but to a lesser extent.

More on capital punishment here.

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78 thoughts on “Statistics on Capital Punishment

  1. David Dorrough says:

    I live in the US, but I don’t actually believe that there is any racial discrimination against blacks (as far as capital punishment goes) — as your comment seems to suggest. I just turns out that blacks commit far more crime than rest of the population.

    I have lived in predominately black communities and in predominately white communities. There is a dramatic difference in the amount of crime in each of these communities.

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  5. Dudley Sharp says:

    Gallup has stopped using that misleading Life without parole vs the death penalty polling question in 2006, for very good reason.

    In addition, death penalty support is really about 80%.

    Both of those issues are covered within:
    Death Penalty Polls: Support Remains Very High – 80%http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2009/07/death-penalty-polls-support-remains.html

  6. Dudley Sharp says:

    104 countries have the death penalty, 93 don’t

    Even in Western Europe, that collection of governments most opposed to capital punishment, their citizens actually do support the death penalty.

    from the French daily Le Monde, December 2006 (1):

    Percentage of respondents in favor of executing Saddam Hussein:

    Great Britain: 69%
    France: 58%
    Germany: 53%
    Spain: 51%
    Italy: 46%

    USA: 82%

    We are led to believe there isn’t death penalty support in England or Europe. European governments won’t allow executions when their populations support it: they’re anti democratic. (2)

    Death penalty support is much deeper and much wider than we are often led to believe, with significant percentages of those who say they, generally, oppose the death penalty, actually supporting it when it is a true death eligible crime.

    For example, polling finds death penalty support, for murder, is from about 62-74% depending on the US poll.

    However, when, specifically asking about capital, death penalty eligible murders, the support is consistently around 80%. Very few murders are death eligible in the US. Therefore, the polls only asking about “murders” are not relevant, because very few murders are death eligible. Ask about the only capital, death eligible murders, and support goes way up, with those relevant murders.

    (1) The recent results of a poll conducted by Novatris/Harris for the French daily Le Monde on the death penalty shocked the editors and writers at Germany’s left-leaning SPIEGEL ONLINE (Dec. 22, 2006). When asked whether they favored the death penalty for Saddam Hussein, a majority of respondents in Germany, France and Spain responded in the affirmative.

    (2)An excellent article, “Death in Venice: Europe’s Death-penalty Elitism”, details this anti democratic position (The New Republic, by Joshua Micah Marshall, 7/31/2000). Another situation reflects this same mentality. “(Pres. Mandela says ‘no’ to reinstating the death penalty in South Africa – Nelson Mandela against death penalty though 93% of public favors it, according to poll. “(JET, 10/14/96). Pres. Mandela explained that “. . . it was necessary to inform the people about other strategies the government was using to combat crime.” As if the people didn’t understand. South Africa has had some of the highest crime rates in the world in the ten years, since Mandela’s comments. “The number of murders committed each year in the country is as high as 47,000, according to Interpol statistics.” As of 2006, 72% of South Africans want the death penalty back. (“South Africans Support Death Penalty”, 5/14/2006, Angus Reid Global Monitor : Polls & Research

    NOTE: Some recent polls – with no mention of specific crimes.

    97%+ of Guatemalans support the death penalty. 2.6% oppose
    (telephone survey, newspaper Prensa Libre, 2/14/08)
    www(dot)latinamericapress.org/article.asp?lanCode=1&artCode=5545

    79% support the resumption of hanging in Jamaica. 16% oppose. (Bill Johnson Polling for The Gleaner (Jamaica) Newspaper, 1/12-13/08

    Two-thirds of Czechs for death penalty reintroduction – poll
    Prague- Almost two-thirds of Czechs believe that death penalty should exist in the Czech Republic, while one-third believes the opposite, according to a poll the CVVM agency conducted in May and released. June 12, 2008, Ceskenoviny.cz/news/

    • David Gero says:

      Saddam Hussein was a mass-murdering war criminal, not the average street murderer who kills two or three victims, and is not a citizen of any of the above countries. Despite this, more than half of the Italians and nearly half of those in Spain, Germany and France did not want him executed.
      If the citizens in these countries wanted to resume executions, they would elect leaders who would follow their wishes. None of these countries have done this, so support for executions must not be a major issue. These polls prove nothing.
      Also, at one time approximately 70 percent of the Americans thought Iraq was behind the 9/11 attacks, which it was not. Proof that the majority can be wrong.

      • David:

        The majority cannot be wrong, with their death penalty support, because it is a moral opinion, based upon moral support, the majority of which find the death penalty just, the foundation of support for all sanctions.

        All folks limit their support of any sanction, based upon it being just and proportional to the crime committed.

        • David Gero says:

          If the majority can be wrong on a factual issue, it can be wrong on anything, including things that are both factual and moral. In fact, moral issues are less easily defined, and on these many citizens may not be able to even state why they believe a certain way.
          By the way, does the majority support corporal punishment? Probably not, simply because it is no longer used in the Western world, not because it is “morally” wrong.

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  14. Bernie says:

    10 people executed in Indonesia in 2008??? What a load of utter crap!!!!
    There have been only 12 since the fall of Suharto in 1998: 3 drug trafficers in 2004, a solitary murderess that same year, 3 alleged riot instigators in 2006, the three Bali bombers in late 2009, plus two isolated murderers in either 2008 or 2009. I lived and worked in Indonesia for many years, and married one of it’s citizens, and I can assure you that although a significant number of people are in favour of the death penalty, executions are still relatively rare enough that they are genuinely big news when they happen. As for the premise that over 40% of Indonesian Muslims favour stoning people who commit adultery: that is an offensive slur (although despise adultery they may well do), and I can only wonder at where these figures came from.

  15. Casandra says:

    The death penelty is wrong 100% if every one would look at every thing like that eye for an eye the entier world would be blind. were dose it end are they also going to kill people for self defence?

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  17. Those who refrain from committing crimes due to a supposed deterrent effect of the death penalty will by definition never show up in any statistic.
    ____________
    Mary

    • That’s not entirely true: when a country starts with capital punishment or radically steps up the practice, the deterrent effect should lead to less crime (if there is a deterrent effect, which I doubt). The decrease in crime means that the deterred crime does show up in statistics, namely as a downward movement. (Assuming that crime would have stayed at its old level without capital punishment).

      • Flerb says:

        Not so simple though is it? – How on earth can you determine what % of a given decrease in crime is solely attributable to the deterrant effect of the DP? There are far too many factors at work to draw conclusions with any degree of certainty either way.
        Its reminiscent of the frequently trotted out line that the (US) DP doesn’t work because there are more murders in states with it than those without.. Well heres a thought… maybe these higher murder rates are why these states are inclined to keep the DP in the first place!?
        I don’t know what the evidential truth is, but , imho neither do most campaigners (especially,. IME, the Antis) despite their pseudo scientific claims to the contrary .

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  20. Duncan says:

    It’s unlikely that “blacks commit more crime than the rest if the population” [in the USA] just because that’s a “racial” trait. If you look at statistics of social deprivation and correlate these with both “racial” categories and crime rates, you’ll get a clearer picture (ie people in socially deprived conditions tend to commit more recorded crimes per capita than the relatively wealthy; and blacks tend to make up a proportionately larger element of those living in deprived conditions [in the USA]). Addressing social deprivation is not the only way to reduce crime, but it’s a good place to start. It would also help address the stigmatisation that black people get as a result of the recorded crime statistics.

    Also, it’s wrong to call European governments “anti-democratic” because they don’t tend to have the death penalty (Belarus, Latvia (wartime crimes) excepted). Would you call Saudi Arabia “democratic” just because a majority of its citizens support capital punishment? Of course not!
    There’s nothing to stop European citizens setting up parties and standing for election on this issue. The fact they choose not to (in any significant numbers) indicates it’s just not as big a political issue as it is in, say, the USA (such single-issue parties do exist on subjects such as abortion or immigration, so there is a precedent). Labelling European governments “anti-democratic” smacks of sensationalism – most observers would agree they’re representative democracies. In any given survey, I’m sure most Europeans would say they’d like to pay lower taxes, have better health are and education, and pay less for oil and gas – the fact that governments don’t respond to this doesn’t indicate they’re not democratic! It’s more a case of balancing priorities. Reinstating capital punishment is simply not as big a priority for European citizens (and therefore their governments) as debt, jobs, and economic growth.

  21. Duncan says:

    There also remains the problem of executing the innocent (however that is defined by the local justice system). We’ve seen exonerations for executed criminals in the USA, where numbers are relatively low (per year (eg compared with Iran, China)), and where the accused have access to legal representation and a succession of appeals. Given therefore that miscarriages of justice occur in the USA, we could assume this is also the case for other countries, especially those without similar legal representation etc… If we assume 5,000 people are executed per year, and if only 1 in 1,000 is innocent…this means we’re knowingly killing 5 innocent people per year (based on exoneration figures of non-capital cases in the UK, I’m guessing this is a conservative figure, and the actual figure is likely to be higher). I find it hard to conceive of how a legal system can justify the killing of innocent people, especially not in a democracy in the USA. Interestingly, what we do see when people are interviewed is they tend to overestimate the likelihood of their local legal system to deliver correct verdicts (compared with actual figures of verdicts that are overturned), and when it comes the capital cases they assume nigh-on infallibility (eg “Yes, miscarriages of justice might occur rarely, but hardly at all in my country, and never in my country for people convicted of murder etc…”). It certainly makes sense to take this approach, as it appeases the conscience. Narratives of incorruptibility, fairness, and the ultimate victory of truth are common – but that doesn’t mean they’re right. The innocent are still being killed. That is a fact. And an unpalatable one.

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  27. These nuts says:

    Its not a black or white issue both races commit crime and murder each other. black on black crime and whites are more likly to be a serial killer and murder in numbers so all yall should shut the fuck up and teach the younger people to have self control

  28. William says:

    Killing is never a punishment but murder!
    Is time we start punishing Murderers and stop killing them. We don’t rape the rapist neither do we burgle the burglars. We are all same human beings no matter what we have done

  29. Cleidison Deousa says:

    I am against the death penalty. Killing is wrong. Why take a life because they took one? By them being in jail they can suffer more by having guilt and regret. Executions cost more than life in prison. What if you kill a men and he is innocent? The innocent may be wrongly executed. They should just get thrown in prison because life in prison guarantees no future crimes. I am Catholic so i forbid death penalty such as Catholic. The death penalty violates international human rights laws and it promotes killing as an OK solution to a difficult problem.

    • Brett says:

      The death penalty does not promote killing as “OK” but rather as an extreme consequence for doing harsher crimes. If you think that most would have guilt you aren’t completely correct. Many kill just for the fun of it and unfortunately are never found, if they kill for fun how could they regret it? By killing them they are getting rid of the problem immediately and exposing it to others. Maybe, only my opinion, more will start to have a fear of doing crimes because of the punishments they can get. I understand that you don’t agree with it, plenty don’t but it can make be useful.. I’m not saying it like I’m glad that they kill people BUT it’s better to have 1 killed than to let 10 die don’t you think? I get your point that innocent people get killed because of it but again what would be better, a lifetime over in jail getting raped and who knows what else, or getting killed on the spot. Most of the killings are very humane so they would feel little pain and aren’t really tortured where they would be in prison living in fear rotting in a cell.

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  31. Emily Watterson says:

    Nobody ever said that the death penalty was right. In fact, as a supporter, I recognize the fact that if we looked to God, his answer would be No. Unfortunately, we live in a society where murder, rape, and other high profile crimes are incredibly prevalent. In order to preserve a peaceful society, it is imperative to eliminate the one to save the masses. Both sides present arguments that are corrupt and based on rough estimations. The bottom line is that capital punishment is a neccessary evil to conserve a life that is endowed to us by the Constitution. I don’t dissagree that to murder for murder is ultimately not moral in the eyes of God. But the question is, do we save the one that will deteriorate the many, or eradicate the one to sustain peaceful life that can then follow God’s will.

    No offense, but I’m 17 years old, and I believe that some of you may need to work on exsercising a little self control. It doesn’t take a genious to actually look at the facts and not fall into a trance over the lies we’re fed by the relentless idealogical agenda of the liberal media. I pray for humanity today.

    • That’s very ignorant. If you say all the figures are just rough estimates effectively your ignoring the evidence and just relying on emotional arguments. I am against the death penalty but I’m equally against this kind of ‘glossed over’ logic. If we want to change our societies than the masses need to start to think critically about where their views are coming from – We need to create deep thinking individuals that can critically assess THE FACTS- not emotive arguments- How can you turn around and look at this wealth of evidence and say it is ‘lies’? To start with, that’s just lazy. Go and research the issue before coming to your conclusions. I’m all for debate, but keep it intellectual not emotive or religious, I thought your country was a country of religious freedom, if so then these arguments have no place in public debate.

    • God/Jesus: ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and ‘Whoever curses father or mother must certainly be put to death.’ Matthew 15:4

      This is a New Testament command, which references several of the same commands from God, in the same circumstance, from the OT.

      Jesus: Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Jesus) replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23: 39-43

      It is not the nature of our deaths, but the state of salvation at the time of death which is most important. This was the perfect opportunity for Jesus to say something contrary to support for execution.

      Jesus: “So Pilate said to (Jesus), “Do you not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you and I have power to crucify you?” Jesus answered (him), “You would have no power over me if it had not been given to you from above.” John 19:10-11

      The power to execute comes directly from God.

      Jesus: “You have heard the ancients were told, ˜YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER” and “Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court”. But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his brother, “Raca”, shall be guilty before the supreme court and whoever shall say, “You fool”, shall be guilty enough to go into fiery hell.” Matthew 5:17-22.

      Fiery hell is a considerable more severe sanction than any earthly death.

      The Holy Spirit, God, through the power and justice of the Holy Spirit, executed both Ananias and his wife, Saphira. Their crime? Lying to the Holy Spirit – to God – through Peter. Acts 5:1-11.

      No trial, no appeals, just death on the spot.

      God: “You shall not accept indemnity in place of the life of a murderer who deserves the death penalty; he must be put to death.” Numbers 35:31 (NAB) full context http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/numbers/numbers35.htm

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  40. Good. in most executions, murderers have been executed by lethal injection more than on the electric chair. But electric chair is still used but only in Te. the last execution on the electric chair was in september 2007 whose daryl keith holton was executed by means of electrocution due to the murder of his four children. so, the death penalty in America still going on as particularly in some states. Practically i think that the death penalty is both justice and revenge, not to show killing people is wrong, it’s to remove a bastard problem from society, simple. The pain and humiliation that the person does to other man needs to feel the same pain as the second felt. as you remember and know that death penalty is an option, only option to punish very well, it’s the most incredible thing that any state could do anytime so go death penalty and never kill people in the street because after this the punishment for this is very difficult to show and face..

  41. I support the death penalty and I think that’s the best form of punishment for those who didn’t respect the law which commited first degree murder. very clearly, the death penalty most show up in the united states of america as number 1 of executions as you can see here in this article on the statistics. I know that capital punishment is form to punish but some people says that it’s too much torture. the best way of execution in my opinion is firing squad and i’m not against this. in china, every case of murder must to be by execution, that’s the effective simple way there. I didn’t understand why america let yound children to die in prison at the age of 13-14. as of now, there are 74 children who have been condmend to die in prison. if america wanna be the greatest country in the world, why they won’t change their laws?. only in America the craziest things happened and still goes to happen early and late. america needs to stop their forms and respect residents everytime. the state only cares to punish but what exactly are the solutions?. either electrocution or lethal injection don’t move my ass from my chair and i’m not kidding you, seriously, some members from the middle east are afraid of going to usa due to the intimidation that exists there. don’t kill anyone in the street, self defense occurs immediately when someone forcing you to commit something he want and need. police also investigates murders as they go to their state chief medical examiner. CCTV also be checked out too. in traffic road CCTV exists in each side of the road, also in the street so the the cops has easy job to find the murderer. another way, speaking out for all the family members, reasons for killing, suspections, storylines, history of family, behavior in school, university, military and etc. there are different options but actually all are saved up.

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