The tragic end to the Tori Stafford hunt has brought calls to bring back the death penalty to Canada.
Ignoring the moral arguments -- because those are really matters of personal views -- the real question must be one of "does it work"? That is, will having the death penalty reduce crime or even save money (that last point seems callous but I have heard the argument that "why spend money to keep killers alive").
The answer to both questions -- crime reduction and cost savings -- is that the death penalty is unhelpful.
There is no evidence, none, that the death penalty reduces crime.
And as for cost, the American experience (which would likely be found in Canada) is that the death penalty is far more expensive than life imprisonment.
Add to this the danger of false convictions (and remember Guy Paul Morin -- convicted of sexual abuse and murder of a child -- and he was not guilty) and the case for the death penalty is weakened still more.
I would oppose the death penalty even if it did work -- but that's from an ethical standpoint -- seeing as it is expensive and useless, well, we should not revisit the issue.
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