..But aren't they still prevented from presenting further harm to society? Exaggerations aside, shouldn't that be the point of it anyway, rather than seeing the punishment as an expresion of some Godlike authority to condemn people to suffering and death because they break society's most ironclad rules? ... I dunno. I mean, you'd have to be pretty sick mentally to murder someone anyway, so can you really argue that having the death penalty discourages people from murder any more? I don't know the statistics, so I don't know exactly, but maybe in NZ (home country) or England, the per capita murder rates aren't that different to, say, Texas?