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On Prison and Therapy


  • Volker Meier



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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  • Volker Meier, 2001. "On Prison and Therapy," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 47-56, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:ejlwec:v:12:y:2001:i:1:p:47-56 DOI: 10.1023/A:1011248528535

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