Politically I am far more conservative then anything else. I am also 100% against the death penalty. I always get attacked as being "liberal" when I tell people this, and I also don't understand how the the world giving the government the power to end the life of its own citizen is a conservative value. If you consider yourself a conservative and approve of the DP please tell me why. I don't support it for the following reasons: Governments exist as a service to it's citizens. Giving them the power to kill citizens (no matter what justification) turns this relationship on it's head, it's an affront to the rule of law and the social contract. I don't trust them with that power. If they make even one mistake then they have abused this power, death cannot be reserved. One mistake and one dead innocent citizen is not acceptable. I also don't trust that they will NEVER (not once) make this error. Once they have that power to murder a person for one crime, who's to say they won't use it for another. Perhaps treason will be added to the list, and treason will be modified to anyone who opposes the government. I say it's a slippery slope to oppression and using it to eliminate dissidents. Also I don't like the economics of it. Capital punishment trials cost millions while incarceration trials might break the 100K mark. Also it actually costs MORE to have a death row inmate (in some cases, in others is marginally less.) There is no compelling evidence to suggest that it acts as a deterrent to crime. Think about what most shooting spree people do at the end, they commit suicide. If death was such a deterrent they wouldn't work it into their plans. If death was such a deterrent then they wouldn't choose it over the fear of incarceration.