The Effects Of Criminal Experience On Perceived Detection Risk

956 WordsNov 8, 20154 Pages
The author’s objective to the question of individuals learning from their offending experiences was a test of deterrability in his study as to the effects of criminal experience on perceived detection risk which he stated varies by criminal propensity. I agree with the author’s statement that “deterrence works differently for crime-prone individuals.” (p.1) As a society we need to consider that anything experienced after sentencing from treatment received while incarcerated such as education, prison, discipline, and religious services work differently for each offender. The author stated that “one possible explanation for small average effects are individual differences in deterrability: Individuals might differ in their reactivity to information they receive such that some offenders react strongly to their experiences, while others are less deferrable (Piquero et al.2011, p. 355). We as a society can understand the idea that general deterrence is an effect of punishment of people that offend on others that have not yet committed a crime. The type of experience from an offender will create fear which will deter non offenders from engaging in future criminal activities. As Akers et al (2009) described special deterrence as a process whereby offenders will stay away from committing any future crime if they are caught and then punished. In this situation individual offenders will be afraid of detection and punishment after they have experienced punishment (p.219). I agreed with
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