Incarceration and Crime: Is There a Link?
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Systematic research on the link between incarceration and crime rates began in the late 1960s and continued with increased momentum throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In response to a vigorous national debate over this research and over the appropriate role of criminal sanctions in reducing high-crime rates, a panel was convened in the late 1970s by the National Academy of Sciences (Blumstein, Cohen, and Nagin 1978) to systematically evaluate data then available.
KeywordsCrime Rate Incarceration Rate Property Crime Prison Population Uniform Crime Report
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