Do you support the death penalty?
- Yes for certain crimes (1rst degree murder, spying)
- Yes, but only for Taiwan and countries other than my own
Over the last few weeks, several posters have made approving reference to the death penalty with regards to hit and run accidents, reckless driving, child molestation and spying.
It made me curious which countries still have death penalty laws.
Amnesty International’s list of countries that still retain death penalty for ordinary crimes is surprising for which countries are included. Strange bedfellows indeed:
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
CONGO (Democratic Republic)
SAINT CHRISTOPHER & NEVIS
SAINT VINCENT & GRENADINES
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
I don’t support it. Even though I don’t like the idea of paying for someone to sit in jail either. And, I get the occasional urge for vengenace when wronged.
Studies I’ve seen don’t bear out the idea that it acts as a deterrent to crime. Here’s a collection of good studies on the topic of deterrence.
How do you feel about the death penalty?