The Death Penalty: Tough love
Juries acquit if sentences are harsh.
Though no one has been executed in Britain for over 50 years, until 1998 someone convicted of high treason or “piracy with violence” could in theory be put to death.
The law is now clearly against capital punishment, but Britons are not.
Fully one-third would like the death penalty to be brought back; the leader of the populist UK Independence Party has suggested a referendum on the matter.
Yet research presented at this week's Royal Economic Society conference suggests that if you really want to be tough on criminals, killing off capital punishment makes sense.
Anna Bindler and Randi Hjalmarsson, both of the University of Gothenburg, examined over 200,000 cases from the Old Bailey criminal court in London from 1715 to 1900.
来自哥德堡大学的Anna Bindler 和Randi Hjalmarsson查阅了伦敦中央刑事法庭(Old Bailey)自1715至1900年的超过二十万起案件。
During this period capital punishment was abolished for many offences, from counterfeiting money (in 1832) to robbery (in 1837) .
Making the necessary statistical controls, the authors looked at the change in the likelihood of conviction for offences that were no longer capital.