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  • Volker Meier

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This paper analyzes the choice of punishment levels where therapy and pure imprisonment are the two types of treatment. The incidence of a repeat offense depends on the offender’s criminal energy in a stochastic fashion. Therapy increases the depreciation rate of criminal energy. A combination of the two treatment types is never chosen since they constitute strong substitutes.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal European Journal of Law and Economics.

Volume (Year): 12 (2001)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 47-56

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Handle: RePEc:kap:ejlwec:v:12:y:2001:i:1:p:47-56

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Keywords: criminal law; optimal punishment;

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