Abraham Bonowitz of the http://deathpenaltyaction.org/ spoke to us today about abolishing the death penalty. The Ohio Supreme Court building proclaims "Equal Justice Under Law. However, in this country, we treat people differently in the legal system based mainly on the geography of where the trial takes place. This is largely because it is more expensive to impose the death penalty than it is to incarcerate someone for life without possibility of parole. Jurisdictions with tight budgets don't seek the death penalty. The prison guards then experience a bizarre situation in which they have to guard inmates in the regular prison population who have committed more horrific crimes than the prisoners on death row. The prisoners on death row had the bad judgement to commit a crime in a jurisdiction with a well funded prosecutors office.
This situation assumes that the person on death row even commited the crime they have been found guilty of. The innocence project has freed more than 100 prisoners off of death row by simply re-examining the evidence that trial lawyer failed to examine thoroughly. We know innocent people are convicted of crimes. No one thinks that they will be convicted of a crime that they did not commit, but if it someday happens to you, The death penalty may end your appeals before you are ready to give up on proving your innocence.
Many conservative groups are coming to the realization that the death penalty should be abolished. https://conservativesconcerned.org/ is one place to find information. Prominently among their arguments: the government is sufficiently incompetent in everything it attempts, that we cannot trust the government to always prosecute the correct perpetrator of a crime. Also, it is fiscally irresponsible. It is far cheaper to lock the person up and throw away the key.
Some people should be taken out of society and never allowed back to mix with us. We can all accept that as truth. However, there is a moral issue of making a state employee participate in killing someone as a job requirement. It is not often talked about that executing people is not good for one's soul. Even in ancient times, the executioner would wear a hooded mask... because executioners are not well thought of by the community. Let us stop.