Sunday, June 10, 2007

Studies Show The Death Penalty Really Does Deter Crime

June 10, 2007

Much to the chagrin and embarrassment of Death Penalty Opponents, an article appearing on Fox News and elsewhere cites Naci Mocan, an economics professor at the University of Colorado at Denver Studies: Death Penalty Discourages Crime.

Professor Mocan, also an opponent to the Death Penalty, says, “There is no question about it, the conclusion is there is a deterrent effect."

Citing a 2003 study he co-authored, and a 2006 study that re-examined the data, Professor Mocan stated, "The results are robust, they don't really go away. I oppose the death penalty. But my results show that the death penalty (deters), what am I going to do, hide them?"

As can be expected, challenges will be strong from critics. Professor Mocan can expect to be deluged with name-calling and charges of quackery from his fellow Death Penalty Opposers that don’t share his honesty. His data and research will be faulted mercilessly.

For me personally, I don’t need the studies or scientists to lead my thoughts on the Death Penalty, when warranted. In fact, it is very simple.

A dead legally executed murderer cannot kill again!

Lew

3 comments:

Snooper said...

AMEN! And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

Canuckguy said...

I just read an article that stated "202 men have been exonerated in the U.S. on the basis of DNA evidence since the beginning of the Innocence Project in 1992. Collectively they served 2496 years"(about 12 years each on average)

Now some of those were convicted of murder. The trick is how to ensure only the truly guilty get snuffed out by the state.

Lew Waters said...

Canuck, if you notice, I included the words "when warranted,' in my comment. To me, that means when proof positive, such as DNA, proves beyond any shadow of doubt their guilt.

If such proof positive is not shown, as in the case of Scott Peterson, I do not support the death penalty.

I agree with you, though, it is tricky and not a sentence to be given out lightly.