According to this website, "Courts across America are using terms like ‘heinous’, ‘atrocious’ and ‘cruel’ when weighing penalties for a variety of crimes. However, the interpretations of these terms and resulting punishment, vary from state to state." The solution? Why a ‘depravity scale’ of course. Feel free to take the 15 minute survey which will help provide valuable input into the objective measurement of depravity. By the way, the Depravity Scale "is race and socio-economic blind, and promotes fact-finding in resolving questions of depravity." Which I’m guessing is a good thing.