ERIC Number: ED171859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Deterrence and the Celerity of the Death Penalty: A Neglected Question in Deterrence Research. Discussion Paper No. 532-78.
Bailey, William C.
This paper focuses on the deterrent effect of the celerity of the death penalty on homicide rates. The deterrent effect of both the certainty and the celerity of the death penalty on homicide rates is examined cross-sectionally for States. Multiple measures of execution and homicide are considered, along with various sociodemographic variables, in investigating the possible spuriousness of the sanction-offense rate relationship. Analysis consistently fails to provide support for the deterrence argument for the effect of the certainty and celerity of executions on homicide rates. Rather, results fall well within the pattern of negative findings of over five decades of deterrence and death penalty research. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.