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Hot Spots of Predatory Crime: Routine Activities and the Criminology of Place
A leading sociological theory of crime is the “routine activities” approach (Cohen and Felson, 1979). The premise of this ecological theory is that criminal events result from likely offenders,Expand
Preventing Crime: What Works, What Doesn't, What's Promising. Research in Brief. National Institute of Justice.
In 1996, a Federal law required the U.S. Attorney General to provide Congress with an independent review of the Many crime prevention programs work. Others don’t. Most programs have not yet beenExpand
Defiance, Deterrence, and Irrelevance: A Theory of the Criminal Sanction
Increasing evidence shows great diversity in the effects of the criminal sanction. Legal punishment either reduces, increases, or has no effect on future crimes, depending on the type of offenders,Expand
The specific deterrent effects of arrest for domestic assault.
The specific deterrence doctrine and labeling theory predict opposite effects of punishment on individual rates of deviance. The limited cross-sectional evidence available on the question isExpand
Policing Domestic Violence: Experiments and Dilemmas
Sherman examines the policy of mandatory arrest for domestic violence operated in Wisconsin. He concludes that it is in itself an inadequate response to the problem, especially among the poorerExpand
General deterrent effects of police patrol in crime “hot spots”: A randomized, controlled trial
Many criminologists doubt that the dosage of uniformed police patrol causes any measurable difference in crime. This article reports a one-year randomized trial in Minneapolis of increases in patrolExpand
Police Crackdowns: Initial and Residual Deterrence
  • L. Sherman
  • Sociology
  • Crime and Justice
  • 1 January 1990
Police crackdowns are sudden increases in officer presence, sanctions, and threats of apprehension either for specific offenses or for all offenses in specific places. Of eighteen case studies ofExpand
Do fair procedures matter? The effect of procedural justice on spouse assault.
In a reanalysis of the Milwaukee Domestic Violence Experiment, the authors examine whether the use of fair procedures on the part of police officers called to the scene of a domestic assault inhibitsExpand
Causes of Police Behavior: the Current State of Quantitative Research
This paper is a first attempt to organize and codify the findings of quantitative research on four aspects of police behavior: detection, arrest, service, and violence. A framework of fiveExpand
Restorative justice: the evidence
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