posted on Sep, 17 2003 @ 09:57 PM
There are currently 83 countries that retain and use the death penalty. Of those China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States and Iran
are the most prolific executors. Only six countries, including the United States, execute juveniles (18 or under at the time the crime was committed).
The others are Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
Keeping some good company there...
The U.S currently keeps death row prisoners under threat of imminent execution for months or years at a time; something which obviously goes against
the doctrine of 'cruel of unusual punishment'. Along with this the U.S (some states, I'm not sure if all) have the 'three strikes and your out'
rule which can see someone jailed for 20+ years for stealing a pack of chewing gum.
This year the U.S hit a record peak of 2million+ prisoners.
Ohhhh yeah. Corporal punishment works alright.
I belive we should be tough on crime, very tough. Death however is not the answer.