Illinois has officially banned the death penalty (although it hasn't had an execution since 1999). The Soros crowd are cheering this as evidence of a national trend. I've mostly thought about the death penalty in order to refute arguments that the death penalty is unconstitutional. That, I think, is just untenable -- but if you disagree, please jump in.
But if you agree that the death penalty is permissible under the Constitution, is it good policy? I've always thought that retributive justice is rooted in natural law and in some cases, death is the appropriate measure of retribution. But the fact that we humans can make mistakes -- and that death-penalty mistakes are irrevocable gives me pause. Am I being too fainthearted, or do others share this practical concern about the death penalty?