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Many organized religions say "thou shall not kill" yet isn't execution just collective killing? Punishment implies suffering, repentance and redemption in the transgressor and also to serve as a deterrent. For many infractions, this is usually the case HOWEVER does capital punishment ever eliminate or nearly eliminate premeditated murder? Can such people even BE punished? 
I don't suggest society deal with murder lightly - such killers must be permanently removed from the opportunity to repeat - but the circumstances of life, influences and motivations that come to make another person's life so cheap and disposable are what require attention.