Ignoring Issues of Morality or Convicting the Innocent, Is Capital Punishment a Good Idea or a Bad Idea?

Texas Tech. L. Rev., Forthcoming

Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 14-31

11 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2014 Last revised: 6 Jul 2014

Date Written: June 5, 2014

Abstract

The conventional debate over the risk of executing an innocent person is examined and shown to be vacuous. More innocent lives, by orders of magnitude, are lost through incarceration (the alternative to a death penalty) than could possibly have result from executing innocent defendants. This is an instance of the deadly dilemma of governing, which inevitably involves tradeoffs of social goods and costs, often of precisely the same variable.

Keywords: capital punishment, convicting the innocent, deadly dilemmas

Suggested Citation

Allen, Ronald Jay, Ignoring Issues of Morality or Convicting the Innocent, Is Capital Punishment a Good Idea or a Bad Idea? (June 5, 2014). Texas Tech. L. Rev., Forthcoming; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 14-31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2446707

Ronald Jay Allen (Contact Author)

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