I don't really care one way or another whether the death penalty is ever abolished. I do have some simple questions, though, for the pro-death penalty lot. 1) What purpose does the death penalty serve? I've heard heaps of people claim it's a deterrent, but if that's the case then why are there any murderers left? 2) Are there any viable alternatives to the death penalty that would be acceptable? Would rehabilitation work? Maybe life imprisonment? I dunno, what do you think? Rotting in a cell forever or death? I'd choose death if it were me, but alas it's not and never will be. So yeah, does the death penalty serve justice or revenge? Me, I think it's about revenge, but that doesn't make me entirely opposed to the idea. I'm just apathetic toward it. If you can't assure that innocents won't be killed then it's a pretty lousy system, isn't it? And J-Rod--while it may be easy to reduce these things to numbers it also leaves little empathy for those who do die wrongfully because of our lousy justice system. What I'm saying is that you can't reduce human life to a number just because looking at names and faces is too difficult and would actually require you to have a conscience.