Re the May 7 letter Does capital punishment provide justice?: We who favor capital punishment certainly do not support the execution of innocents, which occurs because of flaws in the justice system and not in the punishment itself.
Second, the death penalty, indeed, is a deterrent, as the executed commit no further murders. Third, has it benefited humanity that Charles Manson, who was eligible for the death penalty, instead has enjoyed Corcoran State Prison amenities for the past 40 years?
As to the method of execution, I am against “cruel and unusual punishment.”
I ask, why not inject Death Row inmates with the same cocktail that killed Philip Seymour Hoffman? It might be unusual, but definitely not cruel.