Economics of Punishment
David Garland has argued that "punishment is a complex set of interlinked processes and institutions rather than a uniform object or event" (1990: 16). In the context of contemporary criminal justice, governmental officials activate these processes and institutions in response to crimes and victimization. Crime and punishment are costly social phenomena in human and material terms. In connecting punishment with crime as its logical consequence, one might reasonably assume that there would be some cost-benefit relationship. It is the context and causation of these economies that are complex.
Criminal Law, Law and Society, Punishment, prisons
Criminal Procedure | Public Economics | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance
Law, Society and Governance
Encyclopaedia of Law and Society: American and Global Perspectives
D. S. Clark
Economics of Punishment. (2007). Encyclopaedia of Law and Society: American and Global Perspectives. 129-152. Research Collection School Of Law.
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