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The Death Penalty Deterrence Myth: No Solid Evidence That Killing Stops The Killing

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June 18, 2007

Cassy Stubbs, staff attorney for the ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project, authored an in-depth rebuttal to last week’s AP article, “Studies Say Death Penalty Deters Crime” for The Huffington Post today:

The truth is that it might be impossible to determine a true statistical relationship between homicides and executions because the number of executions is so small compared to the number of homicides. But what we can say with certainty is that there is no legitimate statistical evidence of deterrence.

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