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.