Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Does Capital Punishment Actually Save Lives?

Proponents of capital punishment (like myself) usually argue their case according to the ideals of justice. They often include in their presentation also the critical need of a society to uphold the sanctity of human life; i.e., if murdering an innocent doesn't deserve the ultimate punishment, what signal does that send to the whole culture about the value of a human being?

Related to this second argument is today's Dennis Prager column which includes yet another persuasive element in the case for capital punishment -- sheer pragmatics.