how is it the ultimate punishment? you cannot be punished in the afterlife by us. no. you could still have decades of your life left after being wrongly imprisoned. maybe even with a sweet payoff from the govt. granted, most would rather have never been in prison at all, but thats better than being dead. plenty, yes. but 100% of those who were executed, are dead. see above. seems obvious. you're trying to claim "welp, we can mess up in both situations, so its a wash." it isnt. right, but more time to prove innocence is better. once you kill someone, you cant even make an attempt at taking it back. why shouldnt that be considered? are they guilty of a crime? thats the tail wagging the dog imo. the state should make the best decision for the most citizens possible (e.g. all the stakeholders involved, not just the offender and the victim). why should the state not be concerned about creating more ancillary victims of one type or another?