Many people here in the US say no, and I have to admit, I tend to agree with them. Living in Texas, I have a good example of how no matter how many people you execute, it just doesn’t seem to cut down on the number of murders or violent crimes you have. It seems a fairly useless deterant. But what about its effectiveness in other countries, where the use of the death penealty is much more frequent and often for crimes a lot less violent than what people are convicted of here. Now, the only country I’ve been to out of the States is England, and that was a long time ago, so I admit, most of my knowledge of what goes on in other countries comes from articles and stories that may not be all that credible. But there are countries where public executions are still held, death sentences are carried out with expediency, not fourteen years later like many here in the US, and in these particular countries, the crime and murder rate are excedingly lower than the US (China, for example, has a much lower crime rate than the US despite its size, and once convicted, one does not sit around waiting in a cell for long).
So, I guess the question more is, is the death sentence completely ineffective, or is it just that we here in the US are using it all wrong?