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January 31, 2018

"Focused Deterrence Strategies and Crime Control"

The title of this post is the title of this new article in the latest issue of Criminology & Public Policy authored by Anthony Braga, David Weisburd and Brandon Turchan. Here is its abstract:  

Research Summary

Focused deterrence strategies are increasingly being applied to prevent and control gang and group-involved violence, overt drug markets, and individual repeat offenders.  Our updated examination of the effects of focused deterrence strategies on crime followed the systematic review protocols and conventions of the Campbell Collaboration.  Twenty-four quasi-experimental evaluations were identified in this systematic review.   The results of our meta-analysis demonstrate that focused deterrence strategies are associated with an overall statistically significant, moderate crime reduction effect.  Nevertheless, program effect sizes varied by program type and were smaller for evaluations with more rigorous research designs.

Policy Implications

The available empirical evidence suggests these strategies generate noteworthy crime reduction impacts and should be part of a broader portfolio of crime reduction strategies available to policy makers and practitioners.  Investments still need to be made, however, to strengthen the overall rigor of program evaluations and improve our understanding of key program activities associated with observed crime reduction impacts.

Those unfamiliar with "Focused deterrence strategies" may want to check out this Crime Solutions webpage discussing the concept starting with this description:

Focused deterrence strategies (also referred to as ‚Äúpulling levers" policing) are problem-oriented policing strategies that follow the core principles of deterrence theory.  The strategies target specific criminal behavior committed by a small number of chronic offenders who are vulnerable to sanctions and punishment.  Offenders are directly confronted and informed that continued criminal behavior will not be tolerated.  Targeted offenders are also told how the criminal justice system (such as the police and prosecutors) will respond to continued criminal behavior; mainly that all potential sanctions, or levers, will be applied.  The deterrence-based message is reinforced through crackdowns on offenders, or groups of offenders (such as gang members), who continue to commit crimes despite the warning.  In addition to deterring violent behavior, the strategies also reward compliance and nonviolent behavior among targeted offenders by providing positive incentives, such as access to social services and job opportunities.

January 31, 2018 at 06:29 PM | Permalink


Excellent idea, stern earnings. Should really work.
Problem. They are not trauma informed. They will trigger the target. The police should provide coloring coloring books, counseling, and puppies to pet to help the thugs with their hurt feelings. I am also deeply offended by the assertion of white supremacy inherent in this practice. What will be the race of the people issuing the stern warning, the race of those getting sternly warned? Only same raced police should be issuing the stern warnings.

Posted by: David Behar | Jan 31, 2018 9:07:12 PM

"In addition to deterring violent behavior, the strategies also reward compliance and nonviolent behavior among targeted offenders by providing positive incentives, such as access to social services and job opportunities."

Translation: More worthless make work jobs for registered Democrats. I suggest taking a quarter of the budget for this bullshit suggestion and just give it to the criminal in cash for passing a lie detector test about not committing any crime this month.

Posted by: David Behar | Feb 1, 2018 9:34:30 AM

These people did not receive a stern warning, nor offers of social services.


Posted by: David Behar | Feb 1, 2018 12:28:05 PM

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