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Do we have any empirical data supporting the belief that the death penalty decreases the crime rate?

By: Guest
Date: Wed-Feb-17-2016-
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Going in the opposite direction. Before the abolition of the death penalty in Britain Murder was an almost unknow crime. maybe half a dozen a year always made front page headlines in national papers for weeks,
.Since the abolition murder here is probably 100 times more prevelant as a crime. Guns and knives are commonplace where weapons were rarely used in crimes
Maybe this is an example of how the death penalty deterred certain violent crimes
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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To believe that the death penalty reduces crime is to assume that it's a deterrent to would-be criminals. Most murders are crimes of passion -- a heated argument, a drunken fight, etc -- and in those instances it's very difficult to prove that anything would disuade the attacker, much less the rationale it would take to reason that this one action could lead to incarceration, then to a trial and possibly to death.
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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Saudi Arabia is one of the example. It has very low crime rate because of the death penalty. They have Death penalty for almost every crime like carrying drug, murder, rape, big robberies, blasphemy to name few. Ppl are scared to even whisper there.

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Saudi with 22 million population and 616 murders that would be a murder rate of 2.8 per 100,000. That is still only half the murder rate of the United States though it is a few times higher than the murder rate of South Dakota.

http://www.parapundit.com/archives/cat_saudi_arabia.html

http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius_02/html/web/offreported/02-nmurder03.html
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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Sure. No executed criminal has ever killed a second time. He's never killed in prison; he's never escaped and killed again; he's never arranged the murder of someone outside of prison.
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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Compare crime rates in a state like texas vs. a state without the death penalty. Or do it on a larger scale by comparing America's crime rate to another country. It would be very hard to argue that the death rate is the reason for the difference though because there are so many extra elements such as population, history, ethnicity, income, etc.
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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Actually, there is quite a bit of research that's been done that proves it doesn't. This research is one of the practical reasons that most other nations on Earth have done away with capital punishment.

Here's some links with more information on this.

http://www.ecpm-us.org/

http://usliberals.about.com/od/deathpenalty/i/DeathPenalty.htm
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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Killing people like Geoffrey Dahmer stopped the death rate for killings by Geoffrey Dahmer.Whereas, Australia's Dahmer, the Backpacker Murderer Ivan Milat, continues to plot to escape, and, if he manages to, will kill again...
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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To compare the US's crime or murder rate to any other country is senseless. The US is indeed a different animal altogether. Often those arriving here, are desperate, perhaps criminals in their native lands.
The make-up of the populace, along with the freedoms enjoyed here are a recipe for crime.

Also, to compare a state that executes a number of murderers (Texas) to one that doesn't (Maine-no death penalty), is also useless. Of course a heavy urban area will have more crimes, especially violent ones, than a rural setting.

The question is; does the death penalty decrease crime rate? It would have to be yes, as those who committed the murders are exterminated. Obviously.
Now maybe, if the question were more along the lines of; is the death penalty a DETERENT? Would probably make for better comparisons.

Also, look at how the death penalty is meted out. Are only poorer people subjected to it? Minorities? Rather than affluent folks who can afford the best legal reps.
I would argue that those on the lower end of the socio-economic scale would not be detered by the death penalty. Often their crimes are drug related, gang related, retaliation, or of other criminal matters like robbery. Their intent is criminal to begin with.

IF the death penalty was carried out, fairly, promptly, and the "murderer" would have the perception that IF they were caught, they would in fact be put to death, then yes, it would be a deterent.
As we know plea bargins are made, execuses (abused/under the influence/mentally ill) affect the punishment and outcome of the death penalty.

** Personally, I believe in the death penalty in certain cases. IF and only IF--there is NO DOUBT, the person committed the murder. Especially, if it's a heinous crime--read Jeffery Dahmer.
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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