Incapacitation: Penal Confinement and the Restraint of Crime / Edition 1

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Overview

The one, sure way that imprisonment prevents crime is by restraining offenders from committing crimes while they are locked up. Called "incapacitation" by experts in criminology, this effect has become the dominant justification for imprisonment in the United States, where well over a million persons are currently in jails and prisons and public figures who want to appear tough on crime periodically urge that we throw away the key. How useful is the modern prison in restraining crime, and at what cost? How much do we really know about incapacitation and its effectiveness?
This book is the first comprehensive assessment of incapacitation. Zimring and Hawkins show the increasing reliance on restraint to justify imprisonment, analyze the existing theories on incapacitation's effects, assess the current empirical research, report a new study, and explore the links between what is known about incapacitation and what it tells us about our criminal justice policy. An insightful evaluation of a pressing policy issue, Incapacitation is a vital contribution to the current debates on our criminal justice system.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195115833
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

University of California at Berkeley

Sydney University

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Table of Contents

I Concepts
1 Dominance by Default 3
2 The Short History of an Idea 18
3 Elements of Theory 42
4 The Jurisprudence of Incapacitation 60
II Research
5 Strategies of Research 79
6 Imprisonment and Crime in California 100
III Policy
7 Of Cost and Benefit 131
8 Incapacitation and Imprisonment Policy 155
Appendix: Estimated Offenses Avoided per Additional Year of Confinement, California, 1981-90 173
References 175
Index 183
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