The Deterrent Effect of the Castle Doctrine Law on Burglary in Texas

  title={The Deterrent Effect of the Castle Doctrine Law on Burglary in Texas},
  author={Ling Ren and Yan Zhang and Jihong Zhao},
  journal={Crime \& Delinquency},
  pages={1127 - 1151}
From 2005 through 2008, 23 states across the nation have enacted laws generally referred to as “castle doctrine” laws or “stand your ground” laws. A castle doctrine law gives a homeowner the legal right to use force (even deadly force) to defend himself or herself and the family against an intruder. No study, however, has been conducted to evaluate its deterrent effects. The State of Texas enacted its castle doctrine law on September 1, 2007, and the subsequent Joe Horn shooting incident in… 

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