The September 2014 edition of the Middle District of NC’s newsletter from the United States Attorney’s Office includes an article which summarizes the latest evidence regarding how deterrence works to prevent crime. The article takes the following points from Daniel Nagin’s work, all of which lend support to the focused deterrence strategy as an effective way to deter violent crime:
1) The certainty of being caught is a vastly more powerful deterrent than the punishment.
2) Sending an offender to prison isn’t a very effective way to deter crime.
3) Police deter crime by increasing the perception that criminals will be caught.
4) Increasing the severity of punishment does little to deter crime.
5) There is no proof that the death penalty deters criminals.
To access the full article and newsletter, please click here: USAO September 2014 Newsletter