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Lawrence Sherman: The Need for Research to Keep from Causing Crime with Punishment

  • Tue, May 19 2009
    • Lawrence Sherman

Thorsten Sellin was a long-term editor of The Annals of the AAPSS and a criminologist who did the first empirical studies of the death penalty. He concluded from his work that the death penalty had no effect on crime rates. While we still don’t really know the answer to that question, his early work did establish the mold for assessing the effects of public policies on crime. Thus, it is a great honor for me to be elected as a Thorsten Sellin Fellow. My own work on crime began at the height of the Vietnam War, when my local draft…

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