Is there a better solution to deter crime rather than having executions being televised?
- CliveLv 71 month ago
Nothing deters crime. People aren't thinking "oh dear, If I do this I'll be punished". No, they aren't thinking straight or they're planning on not getting caught. The whole idea of deterrence can only be seriously advanced by people who don't have a clue what they're talking about.
Televising executions would only provide another kind of entertainment show. Public executions in England were popular as entertainment with sideshows and did nothing whatsoever to change the crime rate. All it did was get people used to seeing violence.
- 1 month ago
The death penalty doesn't deter crime. Never has. Look up the stats.
- MordentLv 71 month ago
Public executions do not deter crime because people who commit crimes do not expect to be caught.
When theft of anything worth more than about 12 pence (which was only 1/20th the weekly wage for a skilled worker - it's about $50 today) was punishable by death in England crime didn't go down. In fact people watching the executions at Tyburn were routinely targeted by pickpockets - who if they were caught would be next to swing from the tree.
- .Lv 71 month ago
Punishment is a deterrent to the extent it is swift, certain, and severe. Due to legal issues, only the second factor is something that policy makers can substantially change. That means higher clearance rates and higher conviction rates.
A simple example is red-light cameras. When working correctly, they detect 100 percent of the violators. When the public is aware of that, they are less likely to run red lights.
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Some people want to be on TV no matter what
- Anonymous1 month ago
How about cage fighting to the death?