In a recent “letter to the Editor” published in The Criminologist, Michael Fox stated that:
"Further, while allowing academic freedom on the issue, those who support capital punishment should not receive official awards or honors from the society, which has occurred in the past.”
Obviously we disagree and note that several econometric studies do find a deterrent effect of capital punishment. But this is not really the issue. We believe this viewpoint highlights the penchant for those engaged in social advocacy to want to control not only the disciplinary rewards structure but the science behind certain issues.. Political litmus tests have no place in the academy.
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology