Yes we don't have the death penalty but that had more to do that the Liberal party politicians who took the choice away from the citizens and decided for us (Not very democratic).
We were also the haven for serial sex killer Charles Ng who took advantage of a clause in our extradition treaty that ensured that he would not be subject to the death penalty if he was returned to the States.
Civilized? I get rather uncivil when it comes to getting rid of these vermin that prey on the innocent and just so you know I had a sister who was killed by her asshole husband who subsequently killed himself when the cops showed pictures of her battered body that was his handy work.
So I guess I have reeeeaal strong feelings about the subject that ain't up for debate.