Anna Quindlen pontificates on why the death penalty has, in her opinion failed. But she ignores the 800-pound gorilla in the room: We have people who are extremely dangerous to others and to society in general, and they need to be decisively dealt with.
Repeat child rapists, serial killers, murderers, terrorists like Zacarias Moussaoui - I'm sorry, but giving them three hots and a cot for the rest of their natural lives is just too much for me. You give them a fair trial, and if they are convicted, you give them the appropriate sentence. A number of states have decided the death penalty is appropiate - and so has the federal government. I agree with having it - because it is the only way to be completely sure that the convicted criminal will never re-offend again.
That makes us safer.