Deterrence and the Death Penalty

@inproceedings{Nagin2012DeterrenceAT,
  title={Deterrence and the Death Penalty},
  author={Daniel S. Nagin and John V. Pepper},
  year={2012}
}
Many studies during the past few decades have sought to determine whether the death penalty has any deterrent effect on homicide rates. Researchers have reached widely varying, even contradictory, conclusions. Some studies have concluded that the threat of capital punishment deters murders, saving large numbers of lives; other studies have concluded that executions actually increase homicides; still others, that executions have no effect on murder rates. Commentary among researchers, advocates… Expand
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