Capital Punishment

Dennis Putnam dap1 at MINDSPRING.COM
Fri Feb 6 15:59:23 MST 1998

At 11:19 AM 2/5/98 -0800, you wrote:
>You claim in this paragraph that the death penalty *may* have a deterrent
>effect on murder rate.  I agree.  You state earlier in your essay that it
>indeed does.  This remains unproven.  I agree - a very subtle distinction
>between *does* and *may*, but an important one.  I would be interested in
>seeing an accurate, thorough study, with an honest conclusion.
>Unsubstantiated claims are no better than what we already have.

As Rush is wont to say, the deterrent issue is a red herring as it as not
been tried in our lifetimes. The recent Texas is a prime example. Fifteen
years to carry out the sentence is a meaningless data point.


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