Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Death Penalty Trends...
There seems to be a shift going on right now in public opinion on the death penalty. Here are some interesting statistics drawn from the Death Penalty Information Center, and reported in Utah's Deseret News:
-- 64% of Americans believe that the death penalty does not act as a deterrent or lower murder rates.
-- 88% of criminology experts reject the idea that the death penalty deters murder.
-- 61% of Americans would choose a punishment other than the death penalty for the crime of murder
-- Executions are declining in nearly all jurisdictions, while exonerations are rising.
To get a better sense of all this, visit the Death Penalty Information Center site.