Does capital punishm…
Does capital punishment deter murder? If you believed a lot of the anti-death-penalty groups, you’d think so. You’d also be wrong. James Z. Smith at Blogger News Network covers the studies.

The study, co-authored by economists Hashem Dezhbakhsh, Paul Rubin, and Joanna Mehlhop Shepherd at Emory University titled, “Does Capital Punishment Have a Deterrent Effect? New Evidence from Post-Moratorium Panel Data”, studied murder rates and capital punishment between 1977 and 1996. Their conclusions are startling: The application of capital punishment deters an average of 18 murders for each convicted murderer executed.

This is no one-off or outside-the-norm study. James tics off at least 4 other studies that came to similar conclusions. He says he changed his position on the death penalty on the strength of all these studies, so they’re worth investigating if you disagree.

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