Are you coming to bed?
I can't. This is important.
Someone is WRONG on the internet! -XKCD
Hell, has the State of Illinois ever actually executed a guilty person?
There are reasons why I don't ever do anything in Illinois. I don't even drive through the state-- if I have to go east for some reason, I go around.
It's actually a Tribune report on a Texas execution, but I'm sure the point stands.
For the first time in a generation, the question of whether the death penalty deters murders has captured the attention of scholars in law and economics, setting off an intense new debate about one of the central justifications for capital punishment.
According to roughly a dozen recent studies, executions save lives. For each inmate put to death, the studies say, 3 to 18 murders are prevented.
The effect is most pronounced, according to some studies, in Texas and other states that execute condemned inmates relatively often and relatively quickly.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.