Now, don't get me wrong. I am only posting this for us to think about.
The reason we shouldn't use this data as a definitive "proof" of the deterent concept is the same reason why we shouldn't use the ice cream sale in comparason to crime rate in the summer. However, the fact that this data was taken over a period of 50 years should be enough to indicate that it is too good to be a coincidence.
As to whether I support CP or not is still a toss up. I really don't know which way to lean because both arguments have their strengths and weaknesses.
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capital punishment is an act of frugality. the real reason it's around is because it's cheaper.
A couple years back, I was involved with a project for an ethics class about history of capital punishment and the current situation. I do not have the sources with me right now, but you can take my word for it that it costs about 2 million dollars more per person to go with the execution than life imprisonment.
As a statistician in a former life I can see that the the graph is supposed to be incendiary and I will dismiss it as such.
It wasn't meant as anything. I do admit that at the time, I set out to show that CP was not a good method for deterant. You can call me a liar if you wish, but I honestly did not intend to make the graph incendiary. I simply plotted the two data on the same graph.
Perhaps if I saw lag times leading to a general overall fall in capital crimes or that the vertical axis reflected accurately the same proportions.
You really think I'm stupid? Look again at what you are asking for.
Absolute numbers and nos. per million on the same axis, shame on you!
It'd be hard to show number of executions in the millions, don't you think?
But anyway, here are some more graphs. These ones were from another project.
I am not a statitician by any mean. I can only interpret these graphs based on my very limited knowledge of statistics.
What do you think?
By the way, you really need to read people's posts more carefully. You saw the graph and you automatically assumed that I'm a pro-CP person without reading a single word I wrote.