So the eye for an eye thread has veered a tad off topic, so I thought this would be an appropriate place to continue death penalty discussions. I'm going to repeat my argument from that thread so we have a starting point: "I find it hard to believe that you can execute anyone without inflicting cruel and unusual punishment. Even if the procedure itself is flawless (which even lethal injection, largely considered the least painful, cannot promise all the time), the simple fact of knowing that one is going to die instills psychological torture of the highest magnitude. Death row inmates have a suicide rate that is 6 times higher than the standard prisoner, and nearly 13 times higher than the population in general. If this doesn't speak to psychological torture, I don't know what does. The courts have upheld their legality, but are gradually shrinking the pool of acceptable candidates for the death penalty. And let's not forget that the death penalty has not been free from dissent. The courts have generally upheld the death penalty by fairly thin margins."