Lets talk about the death penalty
So, the issue of the death penalty seems to be back on the agenda on both sides of the pond. In the UK we have the e-petition demanding that Parliament debates returning the death penalty in the UK.
In the USA we have the questionable execution of Troy Davis, and Rick Perry's electric-chair happy gubernatorial record in the spotlight during the 999999th Republican primary debate.
So what do you guys think? This has always been a contentious issue, with supporters using arguments ranging from the (false) belief that it is cheaper than imprisoning someone for life, to simple moral equivocations that someone who takes a life should lose their own.
Is this a non-issue? Is it right to house a serial child murderer at the taxpayers' expense? Is the threat of the death penalty a deterrent, or even a useful bargaining chip when trying to coax confession/co-operation out of a suspect?