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NCJ Number: 39968 Find in a Library
Title: CRIME CONTROL IN CALIFORNIA
Journal: JOURNAL OF LEGAL STUDIES  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:(JUNE 1975)  Pages:327-349
Author(s): L PHILLIP; H L VOTEY
Corporate Author: University of Chicago
Law School
Managing Editor
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AN ECONOMETRIC STUDY WHICH INVESTIGATES THE DETERRENT EFFECTS OF LIKELIHOOD OF CONVICTION AND SEVERITY OF SENTENCE ON FELONY CRIME RATES, AND EVALUATES THE IMPACT OF INCREASED POLICE MANPOWER ON CONVICTION RATES.
Abstract: THE DATA EMPLOYED ARE FOR CALIFORNIA COUNTIES IN 1966. THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE BY COUNTY ON CONVICTIONS AND COMMITMENTS IS FOR FELONY CRIME AS A WHOLE. THE ANALYSIS SHOWED THAT THE LIKELIHOOD OF CONVICTION AND THE SEVERITY OF SENTENCE SIGNIFICANTLY DETER CRIME, AND THAT INCREASING THE NUMBER OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD OF CONVICTION, HOLDING THE OFFENSE RATE CONSTANT. IN ADDITION, STRONG EVIDENCE WAS FOUND THAT THE DEMAND OF COMMUNITIES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL IS IN RESPONSE TO MINIMIZING THE COSTS OF CRIME. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)...DMC
Index Term(s): California; Convictions; Crime prevention measures; Crime Rate; Deterrence; Economic analysis of crime; Felony; Police manpower deployment
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