NH Death Penalty Commission a Real Mess - Deterrence

NH Death Penalty Commission a real mess - Deterrence
Dudley Sharp, (For contact information email nhinsider@myway.com)

Deterrence and the Death Penalty

Astonishingly, within the decade with more studies finding for the deterrent effect of the death penalty, the NH Death Penalty Commission (the Commission) , apparently, contacted none of the authors of the 25 studies finding  for death penalty deterrence since 2000, but found two professors to testify that there is no deterrent effect. (See below for brief list of experts and studies)

This is not surprising, based upon previous meetings.

Will the Commission ever attempt to bring any balance to their task or will they just seek out only anti death penalty experts?

Each member of the Commission has an obligation to make sure that they are getting the full picture on the death penalty and that their final report will reflect that full picture.

Don't you think it's time to tend to that responsibility?


Anti death penalty folks would have us believe that the death penalty is not a deterrent. Yet, all prospects of a negative outcome deter some. It is a truism. The death penalty, the most severe of criminal sanctions, is the least likely of all criminal sanctions to violate that truism.

25 recent studies finding for deterrence, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation,

"Deterrence and the Death Penalty: A Reply to Radelet and Lacock"

"Death Penalty, Deterrence & Murder Rates: Let's be clear"

"The Death Penalty: More Protection for Innocents"