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Does tougher sentencing deter crime? Evidence from the London 2011 riots suggests it does

Jaitman, Laura and Machin, Stephen (2014) Does tougher sentencing deter crime? Evidence from the London 2011 riots suggests it does. British Politics and Policy at LSE (01 Jul 2014). Website.

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Abstract

After the 2011 London riots, large numbers of rioters were convicted and given much harsher sentences than for people convicted of the same kinds of crimes before the riots occurred. Did the tougher sentencing have a deterrent effect on crime? Laura Jaitman and Stephen Machin analyse the potential effect on crime of the severe sanctions that were enacted. Their results show a significant drop in crime. However, they also find that non-riot crimes actually went in the opposite direction increasing slightly, suggesting a rational response from criminals who look to have substituted away from the types of crimes that received tougher sentences to those that did not.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 10:03
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 19:50
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/74511

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