The issue has been debated for decades and likely will be debated for decades to come.

The death penalty is one of those issues that tends to elicit strong feelings on both sides. It's also one of those issues where there's never going to be agreement and ultimately will come down to which party is controlling state government. Right now, that party is the Democrats.

There is currently no bill before the legislature on the matter, but it's very possible there will be before the current session ends.

As controversial as the issue is, the fact is, the death penalty has virtually been a non-factor since the national moratorium on executions was lifted back in 1976. Since then, only one person has been executed in Colorado, and currently, there are only three individuals on Colorado's death row.

Opponents of the death penalty say it's immoral and hypocritical. Supporters will say the threat of the death penalty can help solve crimes and motivate criminals to confess or to offer valuable information.

I can't say that I have strong feelings about the death penalty. I'm not so sure that it is a deterrent to violent crime, but at the same time, it seems right that if you purposely take another's life it should cost you your own. I can definitely see both sides of this, and I'm always interested in the perspective of others.

Take our poll below and tell us if you are in favor of the death penalty or not. Feel free to comment, and we may use your comments in a future post.

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