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The U.S. public’s support for being tough on crime has been a main determinant of changes to the incarceration rate

Enns, Peter K. (2014) The U.S. public’s support for being tough on crime has been a main determinant of changes to the incarceration rate. LSE American Politics and Policy (21 May 2014). Website.

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Abstract

The U.S. is famous for being the country with the highest incarceration rate in the world – but what has driven the massive expansion of imprisonment in the last forty years? In new research that tracks public attitudes, Peter K. Enns finds that the public’s punitiveness is closely related to changes in the incarceration rate. He suggests that this stems not only from voters enacting laws such as ‘Three Strikes’, but also through the influence on criminal justice policy of state and federal legislators, who rely on public support for reelection.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2014 13:43
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2019 00:35
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58904

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