While I understand that there are issues regarding race and income and who receives the death penalty, my husband, who is an attorney, makes a good argument for keeping the death penalty, as a way to get criminals to work with the system and agree to plea for a lesser sentence. 

More generally, I believe there is evil in the world, and there are just some people in society who should not be able to be a part of society.  I would like harsher sentences on those who commit child abuse and domestic abuse, because we still have a paternalistic society that seems to overlook the seriousness of such issues.