With Texas governor Rick Perry making a serious run for the White House, the issue of the death penalty has again been thrown into debate.
Perry, who has been governor of the Lone Star State for over a decade, has presided over more executions, 234, than any other governor in modern history. As an executive of one of the biggest states in the Union, Perry vetoed a bill that would have spared mentally retarded individuals from the death penalty and he was extremely critical of a Supreme Court ruling which said juveniles could not be put to death.
Perry has been been a staunch supporter of capital punishment and trumpets a “law and order” stance on crime. In his book Fed Up, Perry shot back at his critics:
“If you don’t support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol, don’t come to Texas.”
Although some states and most industrialized, democratic countries like those in Latin America and Europe have pushed to abolish the death penalty, it is still widely practiced in the United States.
But should it be?
The death penalty hasn’t deterred crime and it is expensive for states and local governments to implement, so should we keep it?