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Michael Tonry Learning from the Limitations of Deterrence Research

  title={Michael Tonry Learning from the Limitations of Deterrence Research},
  author={Michael H. Tonry},
Public policy and scientific knowledge concerning deterrence have long been marching in different directions. Despite the proliferation of threestrikes, mandatory minimum, and concealed weapons laws and retention of capital punishment in 37 states, there is little credible evidence that changes in sanctions affect crime rates, and there is no credible evidence that capital punishment deters better than life sentences or that allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters at all. There is… 



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  • P. Cook
  • Law, Economics
    Crime and Justice
  • 1980
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