Type
Article
Titre
Punishment should fit the crime: an assessment of the French reform of minimum mandatory penalties
Dans
Portuguese Economic Journal
Auteur(s)
DEFFAINS Bruno - EconomiX (Auteur)
GALBIATI Roberto - Université Paris Nanterre (UPN) (Auteur)
ROUILLON Sébastien - GRETHA, Universté de Bordeaux 4 (Auteur)
Éditeur
PT
Volume
8
Numéro
3
Pages
161 - 175 p.
ISSN
1617982X
DOI
10.1007/s10258-009-0050-z
Mots clés
Law-and-economics, Crime, Punishment, Judge Behavior
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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