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Professor Jeffrey A. Fagan

Capital Punishment: Deterrent Effects & Capital Costs
by Jeffrey A. Fagan, in the Summer 2006 edition of the Columbia Law Report

Capital punishment stirs up fierce debate in the United States. In this essay, Professor Jeff Fagan questions research that supports the long-accepted view of the deterrent effect of capital punishment. States must also come to terms with the fact that each execution can cost between $2.5 million to $5 million, he writes, and ask themselves whether that money can be put to better law enforcement uses.