Police Crackdowns: Initial and Residual Deterrence

  title={Police Crackdowns: Initial and Residual Deterrence},
  author={L. Sherman},
  journal={Crime and Justice},
  pages={1 - 48}
  • L. Sherman
  • Published 1990
  • Sociology
  • Crime and Justice
  • 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 of crackdowns, fifteen appeared to demonstrate initial deterrent effects, including two examples of long-term effects. In most long-term crackdowns with apparent initial deterrence, however, the effects began to decay after a short period, sometimes despite continued dosage of police presence or even… CONTINUE READING
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