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Getting Tough on Crime: Will it Win the War?

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  • Jenny Williams

    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

We begin by putting the size of Australia's crime problem in an international perspective thorugh comparisons with England and the U.S. Having established the magnitude of crime in Australia, section 3, rovides a framework useful for understanding the 'tough on crime' policy approach. Section four discusses the NSW (New South Wales) experience. We use multivariate regression analysis in section 5 to examine the NSW experience in the light of the framework outlined in section 3. Using the regression results, section 6 offers an insight into why the rate of crime has continued to grow in spite of a harsher sentencing regime.

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Paper provided by University of Adelaide, School of Economics in its series School of Economics Working Papers with number 1999-05.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 1999
Publication status: Published in Agenda, 2002, vol. 7, number 1, pp. 33-45
Handle: RePEc:adl:wpaper:1999-05
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