Class Notes 12-1

Class Notes 12-1 - 2 Kinds of deterrents: Specific...

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Specific deterrent o Aimed at deterring a particular person who committed a crime o Person was in prison for a crime and then decides not to commit another crime because they do not want to be in prison again Generalized deterrent o Punishment aims to deter anyone who might think about committing the crime Requirements for an effective deterrent Severe enough o Problems (that lessen the severity): Plea bargain (plead guilty to a lesser offense so not getting the punishment they deserve) Time off for good behavior Certain (that if you commit the crime you will serve punishment) o Problems: Juries often do not convict Don’t expect to get caught Discretion of prosecutors to indict Must perceive severe and certain Swift (punishment needs to happen soon after the crime is committed) o Problem: Mistrials Appeals o Deterrents assume crime is rational (not implusive) Rehabilitation How well do prisons rehabilitate? o
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2011 for the course SOCI 300 taught by Professor Detriche during the Spring '10 term at Texas A&M.

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Class Notes 12-1 - 2 Kinds of deterrents: Specific...

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