A study examines the failure of punishment to deter repeat offenders. Data were obtained from interviews with 60 incarcerated repeat property offenders. The most common responses explaining the lack of deterrent effects on their actions were: (1) They thought they would not get caught. (2) They thought that if they were caught they would be incapacitated for a relatively short time. (3) They considered prison a nonthreatening environment.
- PUNISHMENT in crime deterrence,
- OFFENSES against property
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