It's an international embarrassment that the United States is one of the only major industrialized nations of the world that still permits capital punishment. The main issue with capital punishment is the possibility of executing an innocent person. Nearly 160 people have been freed from death row since 1973 as a result of evidence clearing them of their conviction. It is a moral outrage the government condones state-mandated execution. The United States is among Iran, China, North Korea, in the leading countries that execute the most people. Capital punishment is egregious and needs to be put to an end.