skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 134880 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Pays, But So Does Imprisonment
Journal: Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies  Pages:259-300
Author(s): M O Reynolds
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 42
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This author maintains that the crime rate in the United States is increasing because the cost to the criminal, even if apprehended and punished, is so low.
Abstract: Using data from the National Crime Survey, the author tabulates figures related to expected time in prison for various crimes; these figures rest upon the probabilities of being arrested, indicted, prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced to prison. As a result of these factors, a criminal's overall probability of imprisonment has fallen dramatically in the past 40 years and the effectiveness of deterrence has deteriorated. The author explores the impact of the Warren Court and the crime fighting policies of the past few Presidential administrations in understanding the virtual collapse in the probability of imprisonment. The U.S. must create more crime deterrence in order to lower the crime rate. But first, prison costs should be reduced through better management practices, early release of elderly prisoners, boot camps, electronic monitoring systems, and privatization of prison construction and operations. Finally, the laws obstructing productive employment of inmates must be relaxed to take full advantage of the benefits of privatization. 7 tables, 3 figures, 37 notes, and 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Deterrence effectiveness; Incarceration
Index Term(s): Correctional industries; Corrections management; Privatization in corrections; Sentencing trends
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=134880

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.