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Moderate rates of prison admissions decrease crime


  • According to a 2006 study using data from the United States over 30 years[1], moderate rates of prison admissions decrease crime.
  • According to a 2006 study of crime data for Tallahassee, Florida, the rate of prisoner releases in a given year in a community is positively related to that community's crime rate the following year.[2]


  1. Liedka, Raymond V.; Piehl, Anne Morrison; Useem, Bert (2006-05-01). "The Crime-Control Effect of Incarceration: Does Scale Matter?". Criminology & Public Policy. 5 (2): 245–276. doi:10.1111/j.1745-9133.2006.00376.x. 
  2. "Coercive mobility and crime: A preliminary examination of concentrated incarceration and social disorganization". The results show a positive relationship between the rate of releases one year and the community's crime rates the following year. They also show that low rates of admissions to prison have an uncertain impact on crime rates, moderate rates reduce crime, and higher rates increase crime.