Breaking news: Gov. Schwarzenegger denied clemency to Tookie Williams, which means it’s nearly certain Williams will be executed after midnight.
Also according to Amnesty International, homicide rates in death penalty states tend to be higher than in non-death penalty states.
I have read arguments that the death penalty encourages violence, because it legitimizes a violent “solution” to problems. I suspect there’s something to that.
See also: Attywood.