How Criminology Can Save States from Bankruptcy, Dr. Lawrence Sherman (1 of 5)

Lawrence Sherman: The concept of the power of few is absolutely critical to criminal justice policy. It means that a very small proportion of the units in any population is accounting for a very high proportion of whatever problem or opportunity you’re trying to deal with. It’s the frequent flyers who drive the airline industry. […]

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How Criminology Can Save States from Bankruptcy, Dr. Lawrence Sherman (3 of 5)

Lawrence Sherman: Researchers want to know what works to solve problems, and when they see in an experiment or some other research that a policy that is different from the one we’re doing now does a whole lot better — it has a big effect — that’s what they get excited about. When we do […]

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How Criminology Can Save States from Bankruptcy, Dr. Lawrence Sherman (5 of 5)

Lawrence Sherman: A lot of what I’m saying depends on the accuracy of forecasting, and simply because of weather forecasts and other experience people have had, they tend to be a bit skeptical because there is a range of error around any forecast. When the RAND Corporation developed the idea of selective incapacitation with NIJ […]

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How Criminology Can Save States from Bankruptcy, Dr. Lawrence Sherman (4 of 5)

Lawrence Sherman: I think that the federal government role is crucial, and it’s been a consensus on both the right and the left in criminal justice policy for a long time, that only the federal government has the economies of scale to do the kind of research and development that could transform local and state […]

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How Criminology Can Save States from Bankruptcy, Dr. Lawrence Sherman (2 of 5)

Lawrence Sherman: When people see different crime rates, they tend to ask whether they’re going up or down. They don’t ask the question that is important, which is, “how does it all add up?” so if we multiply a murder by the cost that murder entails, and lifetime earnings or any other metric, and compare […]

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