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Psychology and Law Death Penalty
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International perspective on Death Penalty US one of only a few developed countries to have death penalty. All of western Europe, Canada, Australia have all abolished it Countries that have it include: US, China, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Russia, Saudia Arabia, Vietnam
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Furman v Georgia, 1972/Gregg v Georgia, 1976 Outlawed death penalty until racial disparities in its use could be fixed Racial disparities made it “cruel and unusual” Gregg v Georgia reinstated death penalty four years later 12 states currently do not have death penalties
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Arguments for Death Penalty Serves to reduce crime via incapacitation (dead people can’t hurt others) Cheaper than life in prison Deter crime Morally correct (eye for an eye) Closure for survivors Could escape from prison Prison not enough punishment Other?
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Arguments against Death Penalty Unethical Brutalizes society More expensive than life in prison No deterrence effect Could execute an innocent person Not as much punishment as life in prison Other?
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Which is really more expensive? Death penalty costs about $2 million more than keeping someone in prison for life, due to trial costs
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Does the death penalty deter future crimes? Time series analyses Compared to neighboring states Compared to before abolish death penalty Compared to after reinstated death penalty Correlational!!! Brutalization Effect 3 day effect with prize fights, suicides, plane crashes
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Does death penalty incapacitate the individual him/herself? Well, yes
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