Do you think capital punishment is essentially a modern form of human sacrifice? I mean when you think about it the number of murderers that are put to death in the US is pretty token and arbitrary - only a very small percent of the people who actually kill are executed.
I feel like the existence of the death penalty has less to do with reducing crime and rather represents a ritual to make the general public, or at least people who support the death penalty, feel more satisfied with their own righteousness and lawfulness. The few people who are put to death are essentially bearing the brunt for the majority of killers who are only put in jail or get off the hook.
What do you think? Personally I think the death penalty is completely unnecessary, has a negligible if not nil deterrent effect, sends a bad message and even if I was in favor of it the chance of killing innocents would make me require such a high standard of proof that basically nobody would ever be put to death.