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Economical Crime Control

Economical Crime Control

(p.1) Economical Crime Control
Controlling Crime
Philip J. CookJens Ludwig
University of Chicago Press

This chapter describes the growth in America's incarceration rate and overall criminal justice expenditures, and then sketches a conceptual framework for understanding crime in terms of criminal opportunity and the distribution of criminal propensities. This is followed by discussions of evidence on how to change the environment to make criminal opportunities less attractive, and how to change individual propensities toward antisocial or criminal behavior. The final section provides a summary list of noteworthy interventions, and concludes with a thought experiment about reallocating resources currently expended on imprisonment.

Keywords:   incarceration rate, criminal justice expenditures, criminal behavior, crime control, imprisonment

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