LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Finally, the most important point that pro-capital punishment advocate’s spout: “It gives solace to the minds of the victim’s family.” This is probably the most credible point, and I certainly sympathize with anyone who has ever lost a loved one to murder or another serious crime. However, the fact is that the U.S. ranks 5th in the world for executions behind China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. We tend to distance ourselves from the social policies of these countries and aspire to be more like the rest of the developed world, like Europe, Canada and Australia. Most of these countries have thrown out capital punishment, while some have the option of using capital punishment but simply refuse to do so. They have come to the conclusion that the death penalty’s drawbacks outweigh its benefits. It’s time we came to the same conclusion.