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The Economist: Death penalty’s cost makes it ‘not much of a deterrent’

The Economist on crime and politics, namely why the soft approach sometimes works:

States that execute murderers do so only after decades of appeals. This costs millions in legal fees. So they hardly ever do it, which means it is not much of a deterrent.

Later the article makes another good point on the Untied States’s approach to criminal justice:

The object should be to cut crime, not to make criminals suffer.

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