Could Quicker Executions Deter Homicides? The Relationship between Celerity, Capital Punishment, and Murder

Could Quicker Executions Deter Homicides? The Relationship between Celerity, Capital Punishment, and Murder

Could Quicker Executions Deter Homicides? The Relationship between Celerity, Capital Punishment, and Murder

Could Quicker Executions Deter Homicides? The Relationship between Celerity, Capital Punishment, and Murder

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Wright examines whether waits for executions impact the deterrent value of capital punishment. She also seeks to determine whether race has a role in producing or inhibiting deterrence. She asks whether blacks and whites are equally responsive to how quickly executions are carried out, as well as, whether the effect of celerity varies with the race of the executed. Longer waits on death row are not related to murders. Indeed, executions and having individuals on death row may be contributing to higher rates of homicides. In states and years where there are no executions, homicides among blacks are about thirty-six percent lower, and in states and years without anyone on death row white homicide rates are about forty percent lower.

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