Unformatted text preview: action. The third condition is certainty. This is required because punishments must be given to criminals. If you have less of a chance of being punished, you are less likely to be deterred. If ten out of ten people are punished for a crime, the incentive to not commit the crime increases, as the risk of getting punished increases as well. The difference between general and specific deterrence is that if I put you in prison, you are specifically deterred and don’t want any more time in prison. General deterrence would be if all of your friends see what is happening to you and do not want the same punishment. In the case of specific deterrence, it is your own experience that deters your actions. In terms of general deterrence, it is the experiences of others that deters your actions....
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- Spring '11
- Penology, Specific Deterrence