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Professor Edcel lectures on why restoring death penalty is a poor move

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Albay 1st district Rep. Edcel Lagman on Monday, December 12 reiterated his stance that death penalty isn’t a deterrent to crime.

But this time, the wise and white-haired politiko cited related literature to back up his claim.

“The ‘fear of death’ of convicts does not refer to the death penalty but their apprehension about their personal safety while in prison from attacks of fellow inmates like in the case of drug lord Jaybee Sebastian,” Lagman said in statement.

Lagman, who belongs to the so-called “Magnificent 7” opposition faction at the House of Representatives (HOR), noted that empirical data actually shows that a person who deliberately commits a crime does not think beforehand of the imposable penalty.

“With more reason, reckoning the capital punishment is remotest to a person who commits a crime at the spur of the moment or under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” he said.

Quoting Amnesty International, Lagman noted that the threat of execution at some future date “is unlikely to enter the minds of those acting under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, those who are in the grip of fear or rage, those who are panicking while committing another crime (such as a robbery), or those who suffer from mental illness or mental retardation and do not fully understand the gravity of their crime”.

Lagman further bared that American police chiefs rank the death penalty last in their priorities for effective crime reduction. This tidbit came out in a 2009 study titled “Smart on Crime: Reconsidering the Death Penalty in a Time of Economic Crisis”.

“In the study, the top cops of the United States do not believe the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder, and even rated it as ‘one of most inefficient uses of taxpayer dollars in fighting crime’,” the potliko said.

He further said that a survey of experts from the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Law and Society Association also showed that the overwhelming majority of criminologists themselves–over 80 percent–did not believe that death penalty is a proven deterrent to homicide.