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USA: NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL CONCLUDES DETERRENCE STUDIES SHOULD NOT INFLUENCE DEATH PENALTY POLICY

April 18, 2012: A report ("Deterrence and the Death Penalty") released by the prestigious National Research Council of the National Academies based on a review of more than three decades of research concluded that studies claiming a deterrent effect on murder rates from the death penalty are fundamentally flawed.
The report concluded: “The committee concludes that research to date on the effect of capital punishment on homicide is not informative about whether capital punishment decreases, increases, or has no effect on homicide rates. Therefore, the committee recommends that these studies not be used to inform deliberations requiring judgments about the effect of the death penalty on homicide. Consequently, claims that research demonstrates that capital punishment decreases or increases the homicide rate by a specified amount or has no effect on the homicide rate should not influence policy judgments about capital punishment." Criminologist Daniel Nagin of Carnegie Mellon, who chaired the panel of experts, said, “We recognize this conclusion will be controversial to some, but nobody is well served by unfounded claims about the death penalty. Nothing is known about how potential murderers actually perceive their risk of punishment." The report found three fundamental flaws with existing studies on deterrence: The studies do not factor in the effects of noncapital punishments that may also be imposed. The studies use incomplete or implausible models of potential murderers’ perceptions of and response to the use of capital punishment. Estimates of the effect of capital punishment are based on statistical models that make assumptions that are not credible. (Sources: USA Today, DPIC April 18, 2012)

IRAQ: EIGHT MILITANTS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KARBALA BOMBINGS
IRAN THANKS SAUDIS FOR SPARING CITIZENS ON DEATH ROW
NORWAY: BREIVIK TRIAL LAY JUDGE DISMISSED OVER DEATH PENALTY COMMENT
BANGLADESH: TWO TO WALK GALLOWS FOR MURDER
IRAN: TWO PRISONERS EXECUTED
BIHAR (INDIA): COURT ACQUITS 23 IN CASTE MASSACRE CASE
IRAN HANGS EIGHT CONVICTED DRUG TRAFFICKERS
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY: ARAB SELLER OF MACHPELA HOUSE SENTENCED TO DEATH
PAKISTAN: PRESIDENT ZARDARI, NO CHANGE ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
SOMALIA: PUNTLAND COURT SENTENCES AL SHABAB MEMBERS TO DEATH
JAPAN: WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING 3 MEN
PAKISTAN: 5 KIDNAPPERS AWARDED DEATH
FLORIDA (USA): DAVID ALAN GORE EXECUTED
KUWAIT: MPS OKAY DEATH PENALTY FOR CURSING GOD
CONNECTICUT (USA): MALLOY ISSUES STATEMENT ON FINAL PASSAGE OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT REPEAL LEGISLATION
CONNECTICUT (USA): VICTIMS' FAMILIES BOOST DEATH PENALTY REPEAL
IRAQ: KUT BOMBING PERPETRATORS SENTENCED TO DEATH
CONNECTICUT (USA): LAWMAKERS VOTE TO REPEAL DEATH PENALTY
LIBERIA: TWO CONVICTED CRIMINALS SENTENCED TO DEATH
EU: HAMAS RULERS URGED TO HALT EXECUTIONS
PAKISTAN: TWO AWARDED DEATH SENTENCE IN TRAIN BOMB BLAST CASE
FIVE DRUG TRAFFICKERS SENTENCED IN CHINA
IRAN: 10 PRISONERS HANGED IN TWO DAYS
CONNECTICUT (USA): HOUSE VOTES TO REPEAL STATE'S DEATH PENALTY
SAUDI ARABIA: OFW IN DEATH ROW FINALLY FREED
SAUDI ARABIA: TWO BROTHERS BEHEADED FOR MURDER
INDIA: HC UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE FOR RAPE AND MURDER CONVICT
PALESTINE: THREE EXECUTED IN GAZA STRIP
SAUDI ARABIA FREES 22 INDONESIAN MAIDS ON DEATH ROW
CHINA: WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR $16 MILLION FUND SCAM

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