Punishment and Crime: The Limits of Punitive Crime Control

1st Edition

Gary Kleck, Brion Sever

Routledge
Published October 9, 2017
Reference - 334 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138307261 - CAT# Y367438

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Summary

This book summarizes and synthesizes a vast body of research on the effects of legal punishment and criminal behavior. Covering studies conducted between 1967 and 2015, Punishment and Crime evaluates the assertion that legal punishment reduces crime by investigating the impacts, both positive and negative, of legal punishment on criminal behavior, with emphasis on the effects of punitive crime control policies via the mechanisms of deterrence and incapacitation.

Brion Sever and Gary Kleck, author of the renowned Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America, present a literature review on legal punishment in the United States that is unparalleled in depth and scope. This text is a must-read for students, researchers, and policymakers concerned with the fields of corrections and crime prevention.

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