Death Penalty Research Flawed, Useless
April 19, 2012 Leave a comment
A committee of scientific researchers sat down to deal with the science surrounding death penalty studies. When they just “looked at the science” they came to the conclusion that neither the available evidence for or against capital punishment provide useful information for determining the practice’s effectiveness or deterence ability.
We recognize that this conclusion may be controversial to some, but nobody is well-served by unsupportable claims about the effect of the death penalty, regardless of whether the claim is that the death penalty deters homicides, has no effect on homicides, or actually increases homicides,” says Daniel Nagin, a public policy professor at Carnegie Mellon University who chaired the committee.