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NCJ Number: 32939 Find in a Library
Title: COMPARISON OF THE WORK OF THORSTEN SELLIN AND ISAAC EHRLICH ON THE DETERRENT EFFECT OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
Journal: YALE LAW JOURNAL  Volume:85  Issue:2  Dated:(DECEMBER 1975)  Pages:170-186
Author(s): D C BALDUS; J W L COLE
Corporate Author: Yale University
Law School
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Yale University
New Haven, CT 06520
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: COMPARISON OF THE SELLIN AND EHRLICH STUDIES TO ASSESS THE RELIABILITY OF THEIR STATISTICAL EVIDENCE AS A BASIS FOR MAKING INFERENCES ABOUT THE DETERRENT EFFECT OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.
Abstract: THREE ASPECTS OF THEIR RESEARCH DESIGN ARE CONSIDERED THE CHOICE OF ACTUAL USE OR LEGAL STATUS AS A MEASURE TO REPRESENT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, THE CHOICE OF THE NATION OR THE STATE AS A UNIT OF OBSERVATION, AND THE ABILITY TO CONTROL FOR FACTORS OTHER THAN THE DEATH PENALTY WHICH MAY AFFECT THE HOMICIDE RATE. THE REPLICATION OR CORROBORATION OF EITHER THE SELLIN OR EHRLICH RESULTS BY CONDUCTING STUDIES USING THE SAME OR SIMILAR METHODS IS ALSO DISCUSSED. THE AUTHORS CONCLUDE THAT THE SELLIN RESULTS ARE THE MORE CREDIBLE OF THE TWO.
Index Term(s): Capital punishment; Deterrence; Research design; Statistical analysis; Studies
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