Originally Posted by JB Rattlesnake
It's about the punishment fitting the crime.
That link you posted doesn't prove anything anyway. Comparing neighboring states like Illinois and Wisconsin is pointless when you have a major city like Chicago in your state. Or comparing Iowa and Missouri, did they forget about St. Louis? Yeah, it's real dangerous in Des Moines...
Show me something better than what I posted that shows that the death penalty is a deterrent. So many argue that the death penalty is a deterrent, but can't show anything to back it up. If so, how come so many states that have it still have the level of crime that they do? Sure doesn't seem like it deterred that many.