Proponents of the death penalty say it is an important tool for preserving law and order, deters crime, and costs less than life imprisonment. They argue that retribution or "an eye for an eye" honors the victim, helps console grieving families, and ensures that the perpetrators of heinous crimes never have an opportunity to cause future tragedy. The death penalty is reserved for the most serious crimes. Today 34 states, the federal states and the government has authorized the death penalty for some crimes. The supreme court has found the death penalty to be constitutional. Execution is indeed a severe form of punishment and shoe not be taken lightly therefore it is appointed to a just and appropriate sanction. And the execution of the human being by the state is never a pleasant thing. However, we believe that such executions would in fact deter potential murderers and prevent second killings by those who have been proven to be killers. The saving of the innocent lives far outweighs any concern we should have for convicted killers. and that is why capital punishment should be maintained and made a reality once more. We have proven that it is indeed a fact that it is becoming more expensive to keep these criminals alive. we have proven that it costs an average of $47,000 a year to keep an inmate in prison in the state of California. and even over 2/3 of these costs are for security and inmate health care!