Does Capital Punishment Deter Crime
Does Capital Punishment Deter Crime? (Open Library)
These are issues that arise within the context of studying academic disciplines. For example, the following questions might arise in such study: Who or what caused the explosion of the battleship Maine? Does television contribute to violence in society? How can the forces of racism be controlled? Does capital punishment deter crime? What would be the economic effects of a flat rate tax? How did anti-war demonstrations influence policymakers during the Vietnam era? Why did Hitler turn to a policy of genocide?
Disciplined inquiry into these questions typically follows some version of what might be called the social scientific method or the historical method. At the minimum, these methods involve gathering data relevant to the question, assessing the soundness or validity of these data, and formulating an answer to the central question that seems best supported by relevant data. The concept of an answer "best supported" by evidence is a critical one because we assume that well-informed people may continue to disagree on the best answer. What is important is that the disagreements entail increasingly sophisticated debates about the quality and relevance of evidence as well as the logic employed in coming to a particular conclusion.
Does capital punishment deter crime
— Before the New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission (October 24, 2006), reprinted in Amy M. Keyzer, Ed., Does Capital Punishment Deter Crime? (Greenhaven Press 2007).