Criminal Solicitation, Entrapment, and the Enforcement of Law
AbstractThis paper examines the optimal use of criminal solicitation as a law enforcement strategy. The benefits are greater deterrence of crime (due to the greater likelihood of apprehension), and the savings in social harm as some offenders are diverted away from committing actual crimes through solicitation. The costs are the expense of hiring undercover cops and the greater likelihood of punishment. The optimal use of solicitation balances these factors. The paper also examines the justification for the entrapment defense, which exonerates those caught in a criminal solicitation but who otherwise had no predisposition to commit a crime.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2006-24.
Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
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Entrapment; criminal solicitation; law enforcement;
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- Thomas J. Miceli, 2005. "Criminal Solicitation, Entrapment, and the Enforcement of Law," Working papers 2005-17, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
- K14 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Criminal Law
- K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
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