it doesn't really matter is it's a deterrent, revenge, or form of social nullification. Each of those arguments morally fail once we acknowledge we could be wrong and that we can achieve the same results, in most cases, with life imprisonment.I do not think it was ever a deterrent. But I still like the guillotine.
Sorry, but those who are IN that position don't get a vote. Their fates are at the mercy of the state (and the courts).
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)