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David B. Muhlhausen, PhD Biography

Research Fellow in Empirical Policy Analysis at the Heritage Foundation
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“While opponents of capital punishment allege that it is unfairly used against African–Americans, each additional execution deters the murder of 1.5 African–Americans. Further moratoria, commuted sentences, and death row removals appear to increase the incidence of murder… Americans support capital punishment for two good reasons. First, there is little evidence to suggest that minorities are treated unfairly. Second, capital punishment produces a strong deterrent effect that saves lives.”

“The Death Penalty Deters Crime and Saves Lives,” Heritage Foundation website, Aug. 28, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Fellow in Empirical Policy Analysis, Center for Data Analysis, Heritage Foundation
  • Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University
  • Staff, US Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Writter, Forbes, The Washington Post, and The Washington Times
  • Television guest on: PBS’ NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNN’s Lou Dobbs Moneyline, Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly Factor and Special Report with Brit Hume
  • PhD, Public Policy, University of Maryland, 2004
  • BA, Political Science, Frostburg State University, 1993
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?
  2. Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime?