The death penalty deters crime? Talk about a non-PC study on crime. Usually we are told just the opposite that the death penalty does not deter crime and that its an inhumane form of punishment. However, according to the following study the death penalty does deter crime. The anti-death penalty crowd will be in a furor over this.
What gets little notice, however, is a series of academic studies over the last half-dozen years that claim to settle a once hotly debated argument – whether the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder. The analysis say yes. They count between three and 18 lives that would be saved by the execution of each convicted killer.
“Science does really draw a conclusion. It did. There is no question about it,” said Naci Mocan, an economics professor at the University of Colorado at Denver. “The conclusion is there is a deterrent effect.” (AP via Yahoo News)
Read the full story and the backlash against the studies findings.
Read what others have to say about this report:
The Jawa Report: Each Fried Felon Saves Up to 18 Victims – Each execution deters an average of 18 murders, according to a 2003 nationwide study by professors at Emory University. (Other studies have estimated the deterred murders per execution at three, five and 14).
Blue Crab Boulevard: What Am I Going To Do, Hide Them?”
Sister Toldjah: The death penalty: A deterrent to crime?