Deterrence

Does Imprisonment Deter? A Review of the Evidence

Deterrence is one of the purposes of sentencing in Victoria. It is also a topic of interest to many people in the community.

As part of its function to conduct research and disseminate information on sentencing matters, the Council has undertaken a research project on deterrence. The project reviewed the current evidence of the effectiveness of imprisonment as a deterrent to crime.

The research project involved an analysis of the theory behind deterrence and a synthesis of the current literature and the major research studies conducted over the last 10 years.

The Council released a report on its research on deterrence on 18 April 2011. Does Imprisonment Deter? A Review of the Evidence is available on this website.