Thank you for your e-mail about capital punishment.
I believe that the overriding concern with capital punishment is whether it is just, whether it is biblical, and whether it is a deterrent. I believe I addressed those issues in my essay.
Your question is an interesting one, but maybe not central to a person's belief in or against capital punishment. However, let me address it, if I can.
I have heard some argue that the prospect of being put to death focuses a criminal's attention on what he or she did and how that might affect their eternal destiny. A person on death row usually knows when he or she will be put to death--something that the person they murdered didn't know. Perhaps that would cause them to accept Christ. I know of many examples of murderers on death row accepting Christ. I wonder how many of them would have done so if they weren't on death row.
The death penalty might cut short their life, but I don't think it would necessarily cut short their opportunity to accept Christ. In fact, it may actually force many criminals to make a decision they might have otherwise postponed.
Again, I don't think this would be a compelling argument against the death penalty. It's an interesting question, and I hope I helped you think through it a little bit better.
Thank you for writing.