zombieflanders: Supporters of capital punishment argue that it is a deterrent which prevents potential murderers from committing future crimes, but research has failed to provide a shred of valid scientific proof to that effect whatsoever.
Wrong. (NYT link)
I suppose if you're trying to say that there is actually just a shred, that was a useful link. If you're trying to say that there's many consistent studies with definitive outcomes as proof, that link doesn't say anything of the sort. In fact, it states multiple times there are issues with the study cited, that conclusions are imperfect at best, and that there are studies that say just the opposite.
scottymac: Deterrence is utterly irrelevant. As much as any other human activity, execution carries the possibility of error. As it is irrevocable, it is inexcusable.
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