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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