In order to act as a deterrent, executions must be effective.
In order to be effective, executions must be:

  • Swift and certain.

    ~ Swift and certain executions might also lead to an abuse of civil rights which, in turn, would lead to an increase in the number of innocent people being executed.
  • Broadcast to the population.
    ~ We would have to implement televised executions. An execution done in secret does not have a deterring effect.

  • If deterrence is going to be your justification for the death penalty, then ask yourselves why you are appalled at the idea of public executions?

    Andy Warhol

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