According to Jay Johansen in the following viewpoint, the death penalty has a positive correlation to the homicide rate. As the number of executions declines, the homicide rate increases, and as the number of executions rises, the homicide rate falls.Therefore, Johansen concludes, the death penalty deters violent crime. Johansen is a freelance writer in Ohio.
As you read, consider the following questions:
1. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, what was the homicide rate throughout the 1950s, as cited by Johansen?
2. What happened in 1967, and how did this...
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