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Title: Why Does Crime Pay?
Corporate Author: National Ctr for Policy Analysis
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for Policy Analysis
Dallas, TX 75243
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents facts regarding crime rates and corrections costs and concludes that increasing the chances that an offender will be imprisoned, reducing prison costs by privatization, and relaxing the laws hampering the productive employment of prisoners will all help reduce crime.
Abstract: The United States has more crime per capita than any other developed country and a crime rate that is far higher than it was in 1960. Most crimes are intentional rather than irrational actions. Therefore, crime will increase if the expected punishment for criminals declines. However, the average sentence served for each act of burglary is only 5.4 days, and perpetrators of serious crimes can expect to spend only about 8 days in prison. The experience of California and Texas shows the importance of punishment. The most promising ways to control prison costs are privatization of the construction and operation of prisons. In addition, several Federal and State laws should be repealed to increase productive work for prisoners. Tables, figures, and 31 footnotes
Main Term(s): Correctional reform; Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Correctional industries; Corrections costs; Crime patterns; Privatization in corrections
Note: Policy Backgrounder No. 110
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