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The costs and benefits of sentencing: A systematic review

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JournalThe Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science
DatePublished - May 2003
Issue number1
Volume587
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)160-177
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

It is increasingly being recognized that it is essential to know not only what is effective in reducing criminal behavior but also the relative costs and benefits of criminal justice interventions. While a number of studies now include such costs and benefits, the evidence is difficult to compare because of differing research designs and cost-benefit methodologies. This article systematically reviews the current evidence on the costs and benefits of different sentencing options. A cost-benefit validity scale is proposed as a mechanism to evaluate systematically the quality of costs and benefits data A systematic review of the literature revealed only nine published studies that fit the criteria of the review. Many were of poor methodological quality, and the authors recommend the development of standardized methodologies for assessing the costs and benefits of criminal justice programs.

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  • costs-benefits, sentencing, crime, review, effectiveness, INTENSIVE SUPERVISION PROGRAM, CRIME

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