Five Things About Deterrence
The latest in NIJ’s Five Things series summarizes what we know about deterring would-be criminals. Based on Daniel Nagin’s essay “Deterrence in the 21st Century,” the new bulletin points out that the certainty of being caught is more powerful than the severity of punishment. Seeing a police officer with handcuffs and a radio is more likely to influence a criminal than passing a new law that increases penalties.
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