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Criminal Dilemmas: Understanding and Preventing Crime by Katri K. Sieberg

By Katri K. Sieberg

An research of legal habit from the views of rational selection thought resulting in feedback for a legal policy.

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Imagine that a criminal who steals the amount X from a victim is apprehended and convicted. The issue we must address is the amount of money needed to make the victim feel compensated. 63 A related question is to determine how little money, in addition to full compensation for the loss, would leave a victim indifferent between being a victim and being reimbursed, and not being a victim at all. To understand the importance of this question, recall that awarding too much money to a victim creates an incentive to both overstate a loss, or to be careless and become a victim in order to obtain the extra money.

Some potential critiques will be addressed here. Similarly, the Kansas v. " Supreme Court of the United States, "Kansas v. Hendricks" No. 9553 1649. 54 When we recall that most offenders prefer prison time to work, the inclusion of labor in a prison sentence becomes important. In other words, we do not want to provide an incentive to commit a violent crime, instead of a nonviolent one, in order to obtain the more leisurely prison sentence over the enforced work of an alternative sentence. 21 The idea of incapacitation includes the troubling possibility that the violent criminal will be placed in prison for life.

Through this evaluation, I demonstrate that private prisons meet few, if any of the above goals. Instead, it becomes arguable that the new popularity of private prisons stems largely from a combination of self-interested profiteers and the current political climate. A significant drawback to transferring responsibilities is that prisons are becoming wealth-creating enterprises where individuals and companies stand to gain from their existence and expansion. If we examine prisons, in particular private prisons, from this perspective, we discover that prisons and prison sentences are advocated largely from a demand from prison lobbies and from the lobbies of groups who gain from their existence.

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