I'd Rather Be Hanged for a Sheep than a Lamb: the Unintended Consequences of 'Three-Strikes' Laws

@article{Iyengar2008IdRB,
  title={I'd Rather Be Hanged for a Sheep than a Lamb: the Unintended Consequences of 'Three-Strikes' Laws},
  author={Radha K. Iyengar},
  journal={National Bureau of Economic Research},
  year={2008},
  volume={2008}
}
  • Radha K. Iyengar
  • Published 2008
  • Political Science
  • National Bureau of Economic Research
Strong sentences are common "tough on crime" tool used to reduce the incentives for individuals to participate in criminal activity. However, the design of such policies often ignores other margins along which individuals interested in participating in crime may adjust. I use California's Three Strikes law to identify several effects of a large increase in the penalty for a broad set of crimes. Using criminal records data, I estimate that Three Strikes reduced participation in criminal activity… Expand

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