Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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Let's have some numbers

Is there any evidence that raising the sentence for a particular crime lowers its incidence?

We change sentencing recommendations often enough (around the world, anyway) that it must be possible to tell whether doubling the sentence for a particular crime actually has any effect on the number of people carrying it out.

Anyone know of any studies?


My personal intuition is that 99% of people who carry out crimes don't think about how big the sentence is at all. But I'm very happy to be proven wrong with actual numbers.



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