Louisiana must end the death penalty, given that it wastes money, doesn’t deter crime and risks killing innocent people, claims the Gambit editorial board. According to them, the death penalty clearly doesn’t prevent violent crime, given that Louisiana has the country’s highest murder rate. Defending capital cases has cost Louisianan taxpayers $91 million since 2008, resulting in only one execution, the editorial board points out. They highlight that since 1973, almost 7% of death row inmates ended up being proven innocent after their conviction. In view of these factors, the editorial board supports ending the death penalty in Louisiana.
The death penalty serves as a deterrent from committing the very worst of crimes, argues the editorial board of the Jennings Daily News. They write that no one who murders several people will be surprised with a death sentence. By committing such abominable acts, criminals open themselves up to the very harshest of punishments, which should remain the death penalty, infers the editorial board. They stress that every conviction should take place only after the crime has been proven beyond any doubt. Knowing that death would await them, individuals would think twice before ending other people's lives, the editorial board claims.