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CJ 4530, The Death Penalty
Appalachian State University
Dr. Matthew Robinson
1) Special (or specific) Deterrence aimed at creating fear in the offender by punishment so that he or she will not commit another crime
2) General Deterrence aimed at creating fear in all members of society by sending a message through punishment of an offender so that we will not commit crimes
First, it is obvious that the death penalty is NOT A SPECIFIC DETERRENT -- Why?
If the offender is DEAD, he or she cannot be afraid of committing another crime
So the only issue is whether the death penalty is a GENERAL DETERRENT
That is, does it cause fear in US that stops US from committing murder?Deterrence