DETERMINATE SENTENCING AND ABOLISHING PAROLE: THE LONG‐TERM IMPACTS ON PRISONS AND CRIME*

@article{Marvell1996DETERMINATESA,
  title={DETERMINATE SENTENCING AND ABOLISHING PAROLE: THE LONG‐TERM IMPACTS ON PRISONS AND CRIME*},
  author={Thomas B. Marvell and Carlisle E. Jr. Moody},
  journal={Criminology},
  year={1996},
  volume={34},
  pages={107-128}
}
We estimate the impact of determinate sentencing laws (DSLs) on prison commitments, prison populations, and Uniform Crime Report crime rates. Ten states enacted these laws between 1976 and 1984; all abolished parole and most established presumptive sentences. The research uses a multiple time-series design that, among other benefits, controls for national trends and facilitates the use of control variables. We found that DSLs are clearly associated with prison population growth in only one… Expand
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