The use of capital punishment is a continuing debate across the nation. We used to hang people, then we went to the electric chair or the gas chamber, then we moved to lethal injection.
Louisiana moved away from the electric chair in 1993.Nowadays, the drug companies don't want to sell us the pharmaceuticals necessary for lethal injection. The last person executed in Louisiana was in 2010. Yesterday, the state senate rejected a bid to end the use of capital punishment in Louisiana.
I've heard the arguments on both sides, and many of them are compelling. I see both sides of the issue. But, what w have right now is a de-facto ban, because the drug companies won't sell us what we need and the legislature won't change to law to make it easier to either; 1) obtain the drugs, or 2) change the method of execution. So, the argument is going nowhere. That is probably politically expedient.
I agree that the death penalty as it stands right now is not a deterrent to crime. A penalty that you are not willing to use is not a penalty at all. And, I agree that maintaining a death row is horribly expensive. But, then again, keeping a person in prison for many decades is also horribly expensive. Yet, we have predators among us,ad prisons are a necessary part of our society.
The issues are complicated ad the answers aren't easy.