Deterrence is a theory which claims that punishment is justified through preventing future crimes, and is one of the oldest and most powerful theories about punishment. The argument that punishment ought to secure crime reduction occupies a central place in criminal justice policy and is the site for much debate. Should the state deter offenders through the threat of punishment? What available evidence is there about the effectiveness of deterrence? Is deterrence even possible? This volume brings together the leading work on deterrence from the dominant international figures in the field. Deterrence is examined from various critical perspectives, including its diversity, relation with desert, the relation of deterrence with incapacitation and prevention, the role deterrence has played in debates over the death penalty, and deterrence and corporate crime.
Contents: Introduction; Part I Deterrence Theory: The role of deterrence in the formulation of criminal law rules: at its worst when doing its best, Paul H. Robinson and John M. Darley; How much do we really know about criminal deterrence?, Raymond Paternoster; Deterrence, Thom Brooks. Part II Deterrence and Desert: A deterrence theory of punishment, Anthony Ellis; Deterrence in a sea of ’just deserts’: are utilitarian goals achievable in a world of ’limiting retributivism’?, Matthew Haist; Deterrent punishment and respect for persons, Zachary Hoskins; Punishment and duty, Victor Tadros. Part III Deterrence, Incapacitation and Prevention: Punishing dangerousness: cloaking preventive detention as criminal justice, Paul H. Robinson; The crime-control effect of incarceration: does scale matter?, Raymond V. Liedka, Anne Morrison Piehl and Bert Useem. Part IV Deterrence and Capital Punishment: Speech in favour of capital punishment, John Stuart Mill; Refuting Reiman and Nathanson, Ernest van den Haag; Is capital punishment morally required?, Cass R. Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule. Part V Deterrence and Corporate Crime: Corporate crime and deterrence, Assaf Hamdani and Alon Klement. Part VI Critics: The secret ambition of deterrence, Dan M. Kahan; The deterrence hypothesis and picking pockets at the pickpocket’s hanging, David A. Anderson. Name index.