Right now throughout this country we either have no capital punishment or capital punishment that takes decades before it is carried out. Clearly the current system is not a deterrent to violent crime. It would likely take a Constitutional amendment since the SCOTUS has ruled that execution can only be imposed for murder and even then allows endless appeals for the criminal. An amendment that allowed States to determine what crimes would be punished by death, that allowed States to limit appeals to a single appeal which would have to be filed with 30 days of conviction, AND would specifically allow States to choose public executions would solve the problem. The Amendment would exclude execution as a sentence from the prohibitions on "cruel and inhumane punishment". Those states that did not want to expand capital punishment would be allowed to continue current systems, but those states that wanted to rid our society of the worst of the miscreants and provide a deterrent to future criminals could also set their laws to do just that. Personally I think public hangings would be effective, and not the "modern" hangings where the floor opens and the neck is snapped, but hanging and dangling until the criminal was dead should be sufficiently gruesome to scare others into not taking the risk. Some may think that this would not work, but I tend to think its well worth a try. Comments?