Five Things About Deterrence


A new flyer released by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) summarizes years of research confirming that “the certainty of being caught is a vastly more powerful deterrent than the punishment.”

The flyer is the second installment in NIJ's “five things” series, which distills knowledge about criminal justice policy gleaned from years of rigorous scientific study. The series seeks to summarize research and analysis, so practitioners can apply science to everyday decision-making.

Drawn from Daniel Nagin's essay “Deterrence in the 21st Century,” the flyer calls for policies that “deter would-be criminals by using scientific evidence about human behavior and perceptions about the costs, risks and rewards of crime.”

Vies the flyer below:

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