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The development of crime in light of Finnish and Swedish criminal justice statistics, circa 1750-2010:  
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Criminology, ISSN 1477-3708, E-ISSN 1741-2609, Vol. 11, no 2, 169-194 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses four historical time series on homicide, assault, robbery and theft from Finnish and Swedish vital and conviction (judicial) statistics. It is suggested that long-term criminal justice statistics – at least in Finland and Sweden  – are highly usable and that they add relevant basic knowledge to important current criminological and crime policy issues. It is concluded that law reforms are greatly influential in terms of changes in the sanctioning system (strong evidence of policy impact); but law reforms do not contribute to lasting changes in the development of crime as measured by conviction statistics (no substantiated evidence of crime impact). In the long run, crime seems to persistently evade the manifold legislative efforts to ‘combat’ it.

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2014. Vol. 11, no 2, 169-194 p.
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Deterrence, homicide, assault, robbery, theft, historical criminal justice statistics, Finland, Sweden
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Law and Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97425DOI: 10.1177/1477370813494976ISI: 000331463900003OAI: diva2:677579


Available from: 2013-12-10 Created: 2013-12-10 Last updated: 2014-06-23Bibliographically approved

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