Monday, June 11, 2007

New Study -- Death Penalty as Deterrent

I found this story on the AP news wire after hearing Andrew Wilkow talk about it today. It's music to my ears when liberals are forced to admit the truth even though they don't like it!

"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."

A 2003 study he co-authored, and a 2006 study that re-examined the data, found that each execution results in five fewer homicides, and commuting a death sentence means five more homicides. "The results are robust, they don't really go away," he said. "I oppose the death penalty. But my results show that the death penalty (deters) - what am I going to do, hide them?"

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Reaching Across The Aisle

Just wanted to announce that I've started a new blog with frequent visitor to this site MQA called Reaching Across The Aisle. On it we hope to explore a variety of popular and current topics through a point/counter-point format. MQA and I usually end up on very different sides of the debate. But by taking clear positions grounded in well-meaning ideologies, we hope to find some common ground in between.

Topic #1 is the notion of "Christianity Under Attack." We've got some conflicting ideas on church and state and the role for each in society. We invite you to check out the weekly debate on this and other issues and to let us know what you think!

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