Though I am pro death penalty, I would like it very judiciously applied, basically only to first degree murderers.  But according to Proposals to execute pedophiles make headway in US, a growing movement is afoot to execute pedophiles.  Arguments abound on whether or not the punishment fits the crime, but the growing impatience with soft sentences and high recidivism among sex offenders is driving this legislative push.

Various versions of the "Jessica Law" sprang up all over in the
country, imposing in most cases a minimum 25 year jail sentence and the
wearing of an ankle bracelet for life for raping a child aged 12 or
younger.  But in some states, elected officials amended their versions of the
"Jessica Law" by adding the possibility of condemning a pedophile to
death.