Preliminary Statistical Tests of Punitivity as a Policy for Imprisonment: American and Japanese Models Compared

Elmer H. Johnson, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

After the definition of "punitivity" its application in the use of imprisonment will be examined in terms of the announced "war on crime." Second the use of statistics in this paper will explain as prelude in provoking insights for later qualitative analysis. The paper's contribution will rest on the comparison of the American and Japanese models thriough analysis of specific features of imprisonment: The differences in crimes, the age distributions of prisoners, the length of prison sentences, and previous exposure to imprisonment.

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