Prison Population Can Shrink When Police Crowd Streets

This is more about the streets than prisons, but still interesting.  Not exactly a new concept, though – increase presence of police, decrease crime.  I guess the key concept here is “hot spot policing” – figuring out the places that are responsible for the most criminal activity and focusing your resources on those areas.  Doesn’t sound that revolutionary, but I guess it is!

To me, it also sounds like “swift and certain sanctions” theory – if you regularly police the criminal activity, then criminal actors will also be more likely receive a sanction after committing the act.  So long as they think that they will not be caught, there will always be a perceived likely benefit to committing the act.

Read the article here.

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