The argument goes that America is an example of how the death penalty works. We are constantly told by pro death penalty group that the Death penalty acts as a deterrent and that if we had the same level of punishment it would have the same effect over here too.
Yet prison numbers are at an all time high and America, with more than 1% of all Americans now being in jail. If the death penalty works as a deterrent, why are so many in jail ? And why are the figures higher in states that have the death penalty ?
With some US states actually moving to abolish the death penalty, particularly after recent studies suggest that one in three people legally killed by US states were actually innocent, I guess it proves that the death penalty is no deterrent at all.