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Limited sentencing: How judges can affect crime rates | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

Tuesday, September 05, 2017 @ 08:38 AM | By Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

In previous columns, we have presented evidence that imprisonment does not deter crime any more effectively than less harsh sentences.  And we discussed the fact that people who are sent to prison are not less likely to reoffend than similar people who manage to get a sentence not involving prison. Notwithstanding these findings, it is clear that imprisonment, in our society, is necessary for the punishment of some of those who offend simply because it is impossible to construct a penalty for some crimes that sufficiently...