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Title: Prison Pay Studies: Research or Ideology
Author(s): C Baird
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author contends that advocates of increased incarceration have presented an incomplete picture to the American public, since the huge and expensive increase in the use of imprisonment over the past decade has not decreased crime.
Abstract: Some economists and policy analysts have concluded that incarceration is less expensive than the crime it prevents. Their arguments, however, are based more on politics than on scientific inquiry and do not clearly demonstrate the cost- effectiveness of incarceration. Various studies have been conducted to evaluate the relationship between crime and punishment. Studies advocating the use of imprisonment are often based on simplistic analysis of complex issues, misleading comparisons of alternatives, or selective use of data to prove a point of view. Public concern over rising crime levels is discussed in terms of the increasing urbanization of America, improvements in crime reporting, changes in the workplace, and family disruption. Factors that influence crime rates are examined in the context of punishment, criminal justice policies, and demographic and economic issues. A comparison of crime and incarceration rates in Wisconsin and Minnesota is presented to demonstrate the limited utility of incarceration in reducing crime and the need to consider intermediate sanctions instead. 11 references, 2 endnotes, and 5 figures
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Crime control policies; Criminology; Incarceration; Intermediate sanctions; Minnesota; Punishment; State crime statistics; Wisconsin
Note: NCCD Focus (March 1993)
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