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An Examination of Deterrence Theory: Where Do We Stand?

Volume 80 Number 3
December 2016

The author explores a segment of the empirical research available on deterrence theory, a popular criminological theorry that has driven many crime policy initiatives in the United States over the years. She discusses the main tenets, inherent assumptions, and goals of the theory and whether these goals have been met, as evidenced by research findings.