Death Penalty

Conservative Talking Points views the death penalty as a necessary tool to stop evil.  Those who do not believe in the death penalty have never really experienced evil. 


Used in Most States (Source:

        36 of the 50 states in America have implemented the death penalty since it was reinstated in 1976.

        Oklahoma has the highest execution rate per capita over the past 23 years with Texas having the highest number of executions at 437 as of April 2007.


Death Penalty - The Ultimate Deterrent

        During a virtual cessation of executions (1965-1980) the number of annual murders in the United States skyrocketed from 9,960 to 23,040 - a 131% increase. The murder rate doubled from 5.1 to 10.2. (Source: Jewish World Review - Jun 2002)

        The murder rate dropped from a high of 10.2 in 1980 to 5.7 in 1999 which is a 44% reduction. (Source: Jewish World Review - Jun 2002)

        One execution deters an average of 18 murders. (Source: Emory University Study - 2003)


Common Sense Quotes

        "If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of murderers. If we fail to execute murderers and doing so would in fact have deterred other murders, we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims. I would much rather risk the former. This, to me, is not a tough call." John McAdams (Source: Marquette University/Department of Political Science)

        "Have you ever thought about how many criminals escape punishment, and yet the victims never have a chance to do that?  Are crime victims in the United States today the forgotten people of our time?  Do they receive full measure of justice?" Edgar Hoover (Source: Isenberg - 1977)

        "An additional execution per year may have resulted on the average in seven or eight fewer murders." Isaac Ehrlich (Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - 1981)

        "The murderer shall surely be put to death." (Source: The Bible - Numbers 35:16-18)


High Cost of Delay

        Life without parole has an annual cost of incarceration of $40,000 to $50,000 a year for each prisoner. (Source: Justice For All)

        Cell costs for "life without parole' are significantly more expensive, over time, than their death penalty counterparts. (Source:

        Speeding up executions by cutting 2.75 years from the time spent on death row would prevent one murder per prisoner.  (Source: Emory University Study - 2004)