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The costs and benefits of sentencing: A systematic review

McDougall, C., Cohen, M.A., Swaray, R. and Perry, A. (2003) The costs and benefits of sentencing: A systematic review. The Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science, 587 (1). pp. 160-177. ISSN 0002-7162

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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.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Psychology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2009 09:54
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2009 09:54
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0002716202250807
Status: Published
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Identification Number: 10.1177/0002716202250807
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7594

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