The specific deterrent effects of arrest for domestic assault.

@article{Sherman1984TheSD,
  title={The specific deterrent effects of arrest for domestic assault.},
  author={Lawrence W. Sherman and Richard A. Berk},
  journal={American sociological review},
  year={1984},
  volume={49 2},
  pages={
          261-72
        }
}
The specific deterrence doctrine and labeling theory predict opposite effects of punishment on individual rates of deviance. The limited cross-sectional evidence available on the question is inconsistent, and experimental evidence has been lacking. The Police Foundation and the Minneapolis Police Department tested these hypotheses in a field experiment on domestic violence. Three police responses to simple assault were randomly assigned to legally eligible suspects: an arrest; "advice… 

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