First of all, I find it horrifying that the 'deadliest' county in the nation lies here, in our great state of Texas. The county has put condemned more inmates to the death penalty than any other county in the United States. 1/3 of all criminals on death row in Texas are from Harris county.
However, the future outlook is improving as the rate has declined tremeandously. I am extremely happy about this. I am of the firm opinion that the death penalty gives murderers and rapists an easy way out. Instead of being forced to spend their entire life pondering their ill doings, they are allowed to spend only a fraction of that time in confinement. This argument depends on what one religiously feels about the fate of the human soul after death. In my opinion, there is no god and subsequently no after life. The only punishment a death row member will have is in their time on earth. More religious people have a greater tendancy to support capital punishment as they believe the soul of the criminal is sent to an untimely demise under gods wrath. It seems difficult to support this view when there is no proof.
Ultimately, the decline in the passing out of death penalties (across the nation) to murderers is a tremeandous victory. We can only hope that this trend continues and only those who deserve an amount of mercy are given the priviledge of death.