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Punishment should fit the crime: an assessment of the French reform of minimum mandatory penalties

 

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Type:   Article
 
Titre:   Punishment should fit the crime: an assessment of the French reform of minimum mandatory penalties
 
Auteur(s):   Deffains, Bruno - EconomiX (Auteur)
Galbiati, Roberto (1977-...) (Auteur)
Rouillon, Sébastien - GRETHA, Universté de Bordeaux 4 (Auteur)
 
In:   Portuguese Economic Journal
 
Date de publication:   2009-07
 
Éditeur:   PORTUGAL
 
Volume:   8
 
Numéro:   3
 
Pages:   161-175  p.
 
ISSN:   1617982X
 
DOI:   10.1007/s10258-009-0050-z
 
Mots-clés:   [en] Law-and-economics, Crime, Punishment, Judge Behavior
 
JEL:   K42
 
Résumé:   [en] We study the effects of minimum mandatory sentences when judges are at least minimally averse to error and/or follow some "penalty should fit the crime" heuristic. We apply our analysis to the 2007 reform of the French Penal Code. We show that the introduction of minimum mandatory sentences in this context may backfire inducing more crime in the long run. Judges may prefer to acquit a criminal than convicting him to a sentence reputed too high.
 
 

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