Thursday, March 19, 2009

Death Penalty Debate

New Mexico is the most recent state to repeal the use of the death penalty in its criminal justice system. Read the article below:

and then comment on or more of the following questions:

What are some arguments Governor Richardson and others in New Mexico offered in support of this change?

What might be some reasons to keep using the death penalty?

Should public opinion play a role in deciding whether a state uses the death penalty? Why or why not?

What is your opinion on this issue? Be sure to substantiate your position with sound, logical arguments.