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Media members crowd into the witness area of the execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary in November 2008 during a tour of the area in preparation for the planned but delayed execution of Darold Stenson.

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Supporters: Penalty a deterrent, economical

From: Summary of Issues in the Debate on the Death Penalty, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, March 2009

Deterrence: The weight of evidence indicates that the death penalty does deter some murders and saves innocent lives where it is actually enforced. In that case, a vote against the death penalty is a vote to kill innocent people to save the guilty. Accord

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