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Title: Impact of Enhanced Prison Terms for Felonies Committed With Guns
Journal: Criminology  Volume:33  Issue:2  Dated:(1995)  Pages:247-281
Author(s): T B Marvell; C E Moody
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 35
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 88-IJ-CX-0045
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents a compilation of State laws mandating minimum sentences or additions to sentences for crimes committed with guns, and an estimate of the laws' impact on State prison populations, prison admissions, UCR crime rates, and gun use in homicides, assaults and robberies.
Abstract: Legislation mandating minimum sentences or additions to sentences for crimes committed with guns is a frequent response to gun problems. For their research into the impact of such legislation, the authors used a multiple time series research design, with data for nearly all States over the past 16 to 24 years, such that for any State the remaining states operated as controls. Several small-scale studies have suggested that the laws might reduce some types of gun crime. The authors found that the laws produced such an impact in no more than a few States and that there is little evidence that the laws generally reduce crime or increase prison populations. Footnotes, tables, references, appendix
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Corrections; Firearm-crime relationships; Laws and Statutes; Sentencing/Sanctions; State laws
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