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Title: How Have Homicide Rates Been Affected by California's Death Penalty
Author(s): M J Godfrey; V Schiraldi
Corporate Author: Ctr on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews current research on the impact of capital punishment on homicide rates in various countries, describes the results of a study of homicide rates in California preceding and following two well-publicized executions, and compares the annual increase in the murder rate during a period of 15 years when California had a death penalty, and 24 years when it did not.
Abstract: Numerous studies have found no clear evidence that the death penalty deters violent criminals from further offending. This study showed that California homicide rates were, at best, unaffected by capital punishment. In fact, there was a general increase in homicide rates following one execution, perhaps a response to the violent nature of executions. An increase in homicides during both abolition and retention of capital punishment was found, with the retentionist increase more than double the abolitionist increase. 2 figures
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): California; Capital punishment; Deterrence effectiveness; Homicide trends; Statistics
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