Libertarians are split over the use of the death penalty and the Libertarian Party does not take a position on this issue. The more conservative libertarians believe that the death penalty is an important tool for the protection of life, preventing a murderer from comitting other crimes and serving as a deterrent.
Other libertarians criticize the death penalty as not serving the principle of restitution and being a dangerous tool in the hands of the state. They are concerned that the death penalty may be applied unfairly or to enforce victimless crimes such as drug smuggling.
See also: jury