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A comprehensive exploration, Studying and Prevention of Homicide offers thoroughly researched chapters by a distinguished group of contributors. Leading scholars in the field, editors M. Dwayne Smith and Margaret A. Zahn have compiled an extensive range of topics including: mass and serial murders, homicides by youth, gang homicides, domestic homicides, homicides by female offenders, and alcohol/drug related homicides.
Chapter 12: Capital Punishment, Homicide, and Deterrence: An Assessment of the Evidence
Capital Punishment, Homicide, and Deterrence: An Assessment of the Evidence
Scholars have devoted a great deal of attention to the role of capital punishment in the criminal justice system. Concerns about the death penalty were at the forefront of interest for a number of the early founders of criminology (Beccaria, 1764/1963; Bentham, 1962), and the debate continues today as the United States maintains the distinction of being the only Western nation to retain capital punishment for common murder. Currently, 38 states and the federal government authorize capital punishment for murder and various other crimes. As of the last Bureau of Justice Statistics census (December 1996), more than 3,000 persons were on death row awaiting execution (Snell, ...