What is everyone's thought on the death penalty? I'm asking this 'cause I just watched an Iraqi women getting kicked around until she died, just because she supposedly converted to her lover's religion, which they're not even sure of. I guess marrying someone outside your own religion is a crime in that region. ---- The death penalty has a bad history, in the US, not less than 100 years ago, children and thieves were put to death. All methods imagineable were used throughout time and place to execute people for all kinds of crimes. Including torture. -The cost to execute someone in the US is higher than to keep the person in jail. -Poors are more likely to get it. -Blacks are more likely to get it. -Innocents are getting exonerated with the advent of DNA. -I don't know of any cases of innocents put to death, at least in the US, but I suspect that might of had happened. These are reasons for capitalists to rethink of the death penalty. Well, not the poor or black part, as if they care, I mean the money part. I think life without parole is an excellent alternative to the death penalty. There is a man in Lousiana on death row, as of 2007, for rape. Never killed anyone.