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Saturday, 4 April 2009

Death Penalty

In view of last month's announcement from the Vice President George Kunda (in response to a PQ) that the National Constitution Conference will resolve on "whether the laws of Zambia should be amended to abolish the death penalty", I thought this latest short paper - Another Look at the Deterrent Effect of the Death Penalty - might be of interest to readers. There are many reasons of course for having the death penalty on the statute books but it is interesting that one of the reasons used "the deterrent effect" appears to be refuted in this paper. The authors naturally warn against drawing general conclusions in view of the USA nature of the evidence.

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