I have discovered the ‘reblog’ button. I can now steal Wintery’s wonderful posts when I don’t have time to write any or don’t think I need to repeat what he has said.
That said, I think it’s pretty obvious that associating a wrong action with negative (and costly) consequences should prevent people from engaging in said action.
This post has a twin post which talks about the evidence against capital punishment from the Bible.
Why do people support the death penalty? Because research conducted by multiple teams of scholars at multiple universities have shown that capital punishment deters crime.
“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?”
Statistical studies like his are…
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