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The effects of devaluation and solvability on crime clearance


  • Vaughn, Paige E.


Scholars suggest that clearance rates reflect (a) the solvability of cases (Gottfredson & Hindelang, 1979; Roberts, 2007), and/or (b) the populations that the police choose to prioritize (Black, 1976). But few studies consider the totality of contextual and situational characteristics that may explain clearance rates and contribute to important disparities among them. The current study presents a framework that considers the effect of various types of devaluation and solvability on clearance.

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  • Vaughn, Paige E., 2020. "The effects of devaluation and solvability on crime clearance," Journal of Criminal Justice, Elsevier, vol. 68(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jcjust:v:68:y:2020:i:c:s0047235219303848
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2020.101657

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