Here's my view on the stuff:
Strike 1: Prison
Strike 2: Prison, no Parole
Strike 3: You're... "Out."
Honestly with the way things are going, I hate that prison population is so high. I wouldn't mind if we took the people who killed someone "Just Becouse" and they got the chair. Becouse in the system of the Threefold Rule, there HAS to be a system of the Threefold Rule. X.x Just because "Don't take a life for a life" is a popular thing doesn't mean it's the right thing. Certainly, its a good idea to say turn the other cheek, but it's not the Right thing. People should pay for their crimes, especially taking a life for no real reason besides greed.
I like the idea of the firing line myself. You can just hand 7 untrained people a rifle and blow them away for a total of $3, and it's nearly painless if those 7 people can aim. And if they miss, then the person to be executed can go on and leave. It's extremely cheap and quick, and substantially alot less painful than the chair. Its more messy, but this way it still has the satisfaction of the afflicted families would deserve.
Here in Alabama, if someone's committing a crime on your property, you can (I don't usually talk like this, but it makes the point) shoot 'em up. No matter where you are, if it's your residential property then one can play Dirty Harry on anyone who wants to break in.
Its one of those joys of knowing that you can protect yourself by any means neccessary and walk away. They'll look into the person and see if the victim had any connection to you. But if they don't find motive then you're a free man (or woman). This is just the setting I've been brought up in, and I wanted you to know why I support the Death Penalty.
"Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink."