For many years I was an anti, 1) I believed that any killing was morally wrong 2) Social standing, economics, race and gender played too large a role, 3) It was too easy to make a mistake (eyewitness testimony, etc) and 4) I thought life in prison was far worse than death, I wanted these murderers to suffer. I now support the DP, not in all cases but most of them, the race, gender, economic inequities are mostly in the past, DNA has greatly reduced the risk of a mistake, and with the appeal process being as lengthy as it is, mistakes are corrected before a person is executed, and morally, I think it is far worse to lock someone up and treat them as animals for the rest of their lives than to execute them. I do not "dehumanize" murderers, I am fully aware we all have many sides to our personality, I am aware that everyone is capable of both giving and receiving love. The DP does not create more victims, the person who made the decision to take a life did that. I do not "celebrate" executions, I pray that it will bring some sort of peace to the victims family and friends, I always think of the murderers family and friends and pray that they too will find peace. In short, I believe that the DP is a lawful, just punishment, a punishment that is easily avoided.