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September 7, 2009

Notable criminology studies from international sources

Catching up with some of the SSRN pieces in my in-box, I discovered these two notable criminology pieces from researchers working outside the USA:

Crime, Economic Conditions, Social Interactions and Family Heritage

Abstract: This paper tests whether factors referring to socio-economic aspects, family heritage, social interaction, habits and customs explain differences among violent and non-violent prisoners.  Some of the results of the probit estimation show that economic issues are the main factors that stimulate the practice of non-violent crime.  On the other hand, violent crimes results suggest that factors related to family heritage reduce this kind of crime.  In relation to variables of social interaction, prisoners who were brought up in a good neighborhood have a lower probability of committing violent crimes.

Prison Conditions and Recidivism

Abstract: This paper examines the impact of prison conditions on future criminal behaviour. The analysis is based on a unique dataset on the post-release behaviour of 25,000 Italian former prison inmates.  We use an exogenous variation in prison assignment as a means of identifying the effects of prison overcrowding, deaths in prison, and degree of isolation on the probability of re-offending. We find do not find compelling evidence of deterrent effects of prison severity.  The measures of prison severity do not affect negatively the probability of recidivism. Instead, all point estimates suggest that harsh prison conditions increase post-release criminal activity, though they are not always precisely estimated.

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Oh, come on. This biased, left wing blog needs a full time Truth Squad.

First paper: Egypt. People have 8 kids, make $1000 a year. Prices are the same for everything, if not more expensive. You have a stair landing in your apartment? A family lives there. They are poor. They have a low rate of crime. Why? Because they have a low ratio of criminal lover lawyers immunizing the criminal. Mike Tyson, before and after wealth. Multimillionaire. Not one change in thuggish behavior.

Second paper: ascertainment bias. The prisoners make the prison rough, because they are rough. Italians are bigger criminal lovers than Americans, and no one may even criticize the criminal. They allow their criminals to kill their judges, their prosecutors, witnesses. That is how much they love the criminal in Italy. At least in the US, everyone else may be killed by the criminal, but the CCE hierarchy gets really upset when one of its own gets it. Usually, the death penalty is at the scene, with the police blasting, and no civil rights litigation when a hierarchy member was the murder victim. Not so in Italy.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 7, 2009 11:57:51 AM

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