Here’s Something You Never Hear, Death Penalty Deters Crime


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?
Posted June 11, 2007 by
Crime, Death Penalty, Murder | 7 comments

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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “Here’s Something You Never Hear, Death Penalty Deters Crime”

    1. Miss-Underestimated on June 11th, 2007 10:53 am

      LOL, where did that idea ever come from?

    2. Jerry from Ohio on June 11th, 2007 11:26 am

      I worked in the Corrections field for many years and I do realize that almost all the studies say that the death
      penalty does not deter crime especially homicide because so many times it is a crime of passion.
      But if you would stop all the civil rights BS and execute the offender within 30 days to 6 months after the conviction and make it hit the media then the perps would really have to think about it .
      I have heard many say that they will still outlive the
      judge even being convicted of a murder .
      I think it is quite obvious that what our justice system is doing at present is just NOT working . JMO

    3. Houston on June 11th, 2007 1:49 pm

      I have always disagreed with people who say the death penalty does not deter crime….it does, and if you speed things up…we would find it deters it even more.

    4. Observer on June 11th, 2007 6:38 pm

      Should be a automatic death sentence on child predators that rape and kill young children. There is no rehabilitation for these sick monsters. Over and Over again they commit the same crimes.

    5. Allan K on June 11th, 2007 7:16 pm

      Sounds good, death penalty. I like the idea. Don’t know if it would slow crime down but they need to be put down quickly, please. They are beyond help. They don’t need to be in court and death row for years.

    6. Susan on June 11th, 2007 7:23 pm

      Do you think if J2K were given the death penalty it would deter their criminal activities? The sooner those savages are brought to justice, the better :-)

    7. rider on June 12th, 2007 9:29 pm

      #6 I will answer your question.

      It is an obvious answer, yes it would deter their criminal
      activities in the case of J2K.

      It would deter the criminal activities not just for J2K but for anyone.

      The reason is, that it is pretty hard for a criminal to repeat and commit crimes once the sentence is carried out. i.e. it is hard for dead people to commit crimes.

      Therefore, I subkit that the death penalty is a deterrant. That person put to death for his crime will not kill again.

      It’s as plain and simple as that.

      And yes J2K should get the death penalty.

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