Deterrence and Juvenile Crime

Results from a National Policy Experiment

  • Anne L. Schneider

Part of the Research in Criminology book series (RESEARCH CRIM.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Anne L. Schneider
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 112-129

About this book


"Americans have an abiding faith in punishment", asserts Anne Schneider in her introduction of Deterrence and Juvenile Crime. Dr. Schneider explores this "abiding faith" in her volume, overviewing past assumptions that punishment or merely the threat of punishment necessarily deters criminal behavior. She critically examines specific deterrence theories and presents the methodology used in her own research - research whose findings are often quite disruptive to those assumptions held so long. Using data from six experimental studies in U.S. cities, she finds that instilling a sense of citizenship is more important in reducing future criminal behavior than enhancing the certainty or severity of punishment. Beyond these results, the author raises some pointed issues to explain why perceptions of certainty and severity of punishment generally perform so inadequately in predicting subsequent offenses. A comparison between incarceration methods and community-based restitution programs, as well as the implications of policy, comprise a thorough discussion which focuses on the future and reflects upon the role of random experiments regarding issues of public policy initiatives.


Crime Criminal Behavior Recidivism Strafzumessung Täter jugendlicher Täter perception punishment

Authors and affiliations

  • Anne L. Schneider
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Public ProgramsArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-8927-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-8925-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-7540
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