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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Adjudication: Courts and Sentencing


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Deterrence and the Death Penalty (CLAJ) 2012


Many studies of the past few decades have sought to determine whether the death penalty has any deterrent effect on homicide rates.  Researchers have reached widely varying, even contradictory, conclusions.  Against this backdrop, the committee was asked to assess whether the available evidence provides a scientific basis for answering questions of if and how the death penalty affects homicide rates.

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What's Changing in Prosecution?: Report of a Workshop  (CBASSE)

This workshop arose out of the efforts of the Committee on Law and Justice to assist the National Institute of Justice in identifying gaps in the overall research portfolio on crime and justice. It... Read more

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