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NCJ Number: 148617 Find in a Library
Title: Cross-National Comparison of the Length of Custodial Sentences for Serious Crimes
Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:10  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1993)  Pages:639-660
Author(s): J P Lynch
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 22
Type: Survey (Cross-Cultural)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from Australia, Canada, England and Wales, the Untied States, and the Federal Republic of Germany were compared to determine the accuracy of the contention that time served in the United States is longer than in other countries.
Abstract: Cross-national comparisons of prison use have contributed to the common view that the United States is the most punitive of industrialized democracies. However, studies of the prevalence have revealed that differences in prison use between the United States and other countries disappear when the level of crime is held constant. The current research used data from various years in the 1980's. Results revealed that when the type of crime is held constant and the United States jail population is included, the time served in the United States is similar to that in other industrialized democracies for violent crime. However, differences persist for property crimes. Tables, footnotes, appended lists of charges, and 22 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Corrections statistics
Index Term(s): Australia; Canada; Corrections in foreign countries; Criminology; England; Foreign courts; Foreign sentencing; Germany; United States of America; US/foreign comparisons; Wales
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