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Unformatted text preview: Katie Kerr PHL 304 July 5, 2006 Deterrence and Death Penalty Louis Pojman No conclusive statistical evidence supporting deterrent effect of death penalty. 1) Best Bet Argument- uncertainty is presupposed Death Penalty: Use It Don’t Use It Deters Less murders, innocent lives saved Murders aren’t prevented (potential victims are killed who might have been saved) Doesn’t Deter Lose one murderer’s life Saved the life of one criminal Problems: - Could have negative effect (only considers positive/neutral effect)- What if you only prevented 2 murders, but killed 4 murderers? How would you weight that for benefit? 2) Commonsense Evidence “Not enough to shower death penalty deters, must show it deters more than life imprisonment” - Pojman’s argument from anecdotal evidence: o What people fear most has greatest deterrent effect o People fear death penalty more than any other punishment...
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course PHIL 304 taught by Professor Roddy during the Summer '07 term at University of Texas.
- Summer '07