I'm of two minds on the whole capital punishment thing.
I don't mean that I'm against the concept. There are certainly mad dogs on this planet that need to be put down. I don't give two figs about deterrent or mythical justice or whatever, I just know that there are certain acts on which I'd like to cut down the recidivism rate, and making a meat wind chime out of the criminal is 100% effective for that purpose.
The "two minds" part comes from the fact that there's hardly a way to do it without getting the government involved, and I get a little iffy when it comes to handing the power of Life & Death to an organization that can't even deliver the mail competently.
I do know this, however: On the short list of misdeeds for which you should get to ride the lightning, baby raping is right near the top, and I don't care what those idiots in Washington say.