Death and Deterrence: Notes on a Still Inchoate Judicial Inquiry
Robert J. Cottrol
The George Washington University
October 18, 1999
STATISTICAL SCIENCE IN THE COURTROOM, Joseph Gastwirth, ed., (Springer-Verlag Publishers, New York, New York), August, 2000
This article examines the impact of the social science literature on the death penalty and deterrence on court decisions in capital punishment cases. The article examines two highly influential statistical studies, one done by sociologist Thorsten Sellin in 1959 and the other by economist Isaac Ehrlich in 1975 and uses both studies to illustrate the kinds of questions the courts can and should ask of quantitative studies in this area.
Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 22, 2000
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