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Less Prison, More Police, Less Crime: How Criminology Can Save the States from Bankruptcy

Dr. Lawrence Sherman, University of Pennsylvania

Professor Lawrence Sherman explains how policing can prevent far more crimes than prison per dollar spent. His analysis of the cost-effectiveness of prison compared to policing suggests that states can cut their total budgets for justice and reduce crime by reallocating their spending on crime: less prison, more police.

Date Published: April 21, 2010