People have different ideas about which is the harsher punishment...life in prison, or the death penalty. Whether a Court is brutally harsh or amazingly merciful, the question about the severity of these 2 options is a subjective one. Florida, of course, is a "Death Penalty State." If Casey is convicted of a capital crime, would you want her punishment to be Life in prison or Execution-the Death Penalty and why? Please Vote and Discuss your choice. I'm really interested in WSer opinions on this topic! Florida Statute 775.082: (1) A person who has been convicted of a capital felony shall be punished by death if the proceeding held to determine sentence according to the procedure set forth in s. 921.141 results in findings by the court that such person shall be punished by death, otherwise such person shall be punished by life imprisonment and shall be ineligible for parole.