The US is about to carry out the 1,000th execution since capital punishment was reintroduced in 1976.
Kenneth Boyd, a convicted killer, will be put to death by lethal injection in North Carolina for the murder of his estranged wife and her father in 1988.
He will be given three drugs – one to put him to sleep, another to paralyse him, and a third to stop his heart.
Boyd, 57, has said the death penalty is “nothing but revenge”. Relatives of his victims say he deserves to die.
Any hope of a reprieve ended when the Supreme Court rejected Boyd’s final appeal and the North Carolina Governor, Mike Easley, said he could find “no compelling reason to grant clemency”.
US is one of the few countries that still supports capital punishment in the ‘Western’ world.
UK still has some laws for capital punishment, but only for very few charges, I think maybe on one, which is planning to or attempting to overthrow the monarchy.
Quite a few countries in Asia are of course famous for capital punishment when involved in drugs cases.
Like Singapore, which will be hanging an Australian today I believe, for carrying 400 grams of Heroin through their country.Australian anger over Singapore hanging
Time is running out for 25-year-old Australian drug trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van, who is due to be executed at Singapore’s Changi prison on Friday.
So what do you think of the death penalty?
Is it a form of revenge?
Or is the ultimate punishment?
Does one human have the right to take away another humans life, because he thinks you did something wrong?
I don’t think people deserve to die for trafficing drugs.
Is there anything people deserve to die for?
I think like having your balls cut off and spending the rest of your life in solitary confinment is a thousand times worse than getting exectuted.
Texas is clearly the harshest when it comes to the Death Penalty.US Executions since 1976 Texas – 355
Virginia – 94
Oklahoma – 79
Missouri – 66
Florida – 60
Georgia – 39
North Carolina – 38
South Carolina, Alabama – 34 each
Louisiana, Arkansas – 27 each
Arizona – 22