Many criminologists suggest that the death penalty is an effective deterrent to the commission of the most serious crimes. Other experts argue that the “eye for an eye” approach is simply barbaric revenge.
In my opinion, the heinous crimes for which the death penalty is authorized are usually committed without a great deal of clear thought or planning. Deaths in these crimes, many times, are the result of panic. Since panic is the catalyst driving these results, virtually no punishment will provide a deterrent. Not even the death penalty. The application of criminal law in Kansas, or any other state with the death penalty, brings up many important legal concepts.
The ultimate punishment provides society with a sense of retribution.
However, I believe it has minimal deterrent effect.