I am troubled by both of your Sound Offs regarding the death penalty. I would like to see the data that shows that a death penalty reduces violent crime as the writer of “Legalize Death Penalty” (April 25 – May 1) suggests. I do not believe this is grounded in any facts. As for the writer of “Against Death Penalty” (May 2-8), I find your comments the more disturbing. It sounds like you oppose it because a criminal can be victimized and tortured in prison. Perhaps I am reading this into what both writers say. If so, please write again and set me straight. I am personally opposed to the death penalty.