Youth Offenders and the Deterrence Effect of Prison
University of California, Berkeley; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Yale Law School
August 3, 2011
In this paper, we present evidence from six data sets on the participation of youth in crime near the age of criminal majority. The evidence suggests smooth behavior through the transition to adulthood, despite substantial changes in punitiveness. This is consistent with small deterrence effects of long prisons sentences for youthful offenders.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 46
Keywords: Deterrence, juvenile crime
JEL Classification: D9, K4working papers series
Date posted: January 6, 2012
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