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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)

INDIA: CRPF EX-COP SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING SEVEN
UAE: DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD FOR PROSTITUTE MURDERERS
MALAYSIA: MYANMAR REFUGEES TO HANG FOR DRUGS
IRAN: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE FOR GHOLAMREZA KHOSRAVI
JORDAN: MAN TO HANG FOR RAPING, KILLING GIRLFRIEND
IRAN: FOUR PRISONERS EXECUTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
MALAYSIA: DUO'S DEATH SENTENCE FOR MURDER OF COLLEGE STUDENT UPHELD
INDIA: PRESIDENT PRATIBHA PATIL COMMUTES DEATH SENTENCE OF SERVANT WHO KILLED 3 PERSONS
CHINA: EX-POLITICAL ADVISOR SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR BRIBERY
TEXAS (USA): BEUNKA ADAMS EXECUTED
LEBANON: DEATH SENTENCE ORDERED AGAINST 26 SUSPECTS LINKED TO ESTONIAN ABDUCTION
SAUDI ARABIA: SAUDI EXECUTED FOR MURDER
VIETNAM: DRUG GANG BOSS SENTENCED TO DEATH
CONNECTICUT (USA): GOVERNOR MALLOY SIGNS DEATH PENALTY REPEAL
IRAN: 13 PRISONERS EXECUTED
JORDAN: BROTHERS SENTENCED TO DEATH IN TAFILEH MURDER
LEBANON: 2 MEN SENTENCED IN ABSENTIA FOR COLLABORATING WITH ISRAEL
CALIFORNIA (USA): DEATH PENALTY REPEAL INITIATIVE QUALIFIES FOR BALLOT
MALAYSIA: FOREIGN NATIONAL TO HANG FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
DELAWARE (USA): SHANNON M. JOHNSON EXECUTED
PAKISTAN: THREE AWARDED DEATH SENTENCE
NORTH CAROLINA (USA): JUDGE OVERTURNS DEATH SENTENCE UNDER RACIAL JUSTICE ACT
TAIWAN: PRESIDENT VOWS TO WORK TOWARD ENDING DEATH PENALTY
SAUDI ARABIA: SUDANESE MAN BEHEADED AND CRUCIFIED
IRAN: FOUR PRISONERS EXECUTED
SAUDI ARABIA: SRI LANKAN WOMAN FACES BEHEADING ON WITCHCRAFT CHARGE
CHINA: DRUG GANG MEMBERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
JAPAN: EX-JUSTICE MINISTER VOICES REGRET OVER RESUMPTION OF EXECUTIONS
OHIO (USA): MARK WAYNE WILES EXECUTED
PAKISTAN: DEATH PENALTY STATUS QUO

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