The Lethal Effects of Three‐Strikes Laws

  title={The Lethal Effects of Three‐Strikes Laws},
  author={Thomas B. Marvell and Carlisle E. Jr. Moody},
  journal={The Journal of Legal Studies},
  pages={89 - 106}
Three‐strikes laws provide very long prison terms for certain criminals with prior convictions of serious violent crimes. It is likely that the laws increase homicides because a few criminals, fearing the enhanced penalties, murder victims and witnesses to limit resistance and identification. With a state‐level multiple‐time‐series design, we find that the laws are associated with 10–12 percent more homicides in the short run and 23–29 percent in the long run. The impact occurs in almost all 24… Expand
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