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NCJ Number: NCJ 238584     Find in a Library
Title: Deterrence and the Death Penalty
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Author(s): Daniel S. Nagin ; John V. Pepper
  Editor(s): Daniel S. Nagin ; John V. Pepper
Corporate Author: National Research Council
Cmssn on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
United States of America
Date Published: 2012
Page Count: 144
  Annotation: This report from the National Research Council examines the results of research on the deterrent effect of the death penalty on homicide rates in this country.
Abstract: The primary aim of this report was to assess whether previous research has adequately assessed the deterrent effect of the death penalty on homicide rates. The report examined previous studies that focused on this issue to evaluate the underlying reasons for the differing conclusions reached by the studies. The findings from these studies have ranged from the conclusion that the threat of capital punishment deters murders to the finding that executions have no effect on murder rates. This report from the Committee on Law and Justice at the National Research Council examines the results of the research and concludes that the research to date is not useful in determining the deterrent effect of the death penalty on homicide rates because the studies have not accounted for the possible effect of noncapital punishments on homicide rates. The report is divided into six chapters: 1. Introduction; 2. Capital Punishments in the Post-Gregg Era; 3) Determining the Deterrent Effect of Capital Punishment: Key Issues; 4) Panel Studies; 5) Time-Series Studies; and 6) Challenges to Identifying Deterrent Effects. Recommendations for new avenues of research on the deterrent effects of both capital and noncapital punishments on homicide rates are discussed. Tables, figures, references, and appendix
Main Term(s): Capital punishment
Index Term(s): Homicide ; Punishment ; Effects of imprisonment ; Deterrence ; Effectiveness ; Deterrence effectiveness ; Corrections effectiveness ; Sentence effectiveness ; Homicide trends
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Tides Foundation
United States of America

Proteus Action League
United States of America
Grant Number: 2010-IJ-CX-0018;TRF09-01115
Publication Number: ISBN-10: 0-309-25416-7
Sale Source: National Academies Press
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Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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