Academic journal article Harvard Law Review

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Academic journal article Harvard Law Review

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CRIMINALS AND VICTIMS. By W. David Allen. Stanford, Cal.: Stanford University Press. 2011. Pp. xiii, 292. $55.00. The question of how to study, comprehend, and deter crime has vexed legal thinkers since the first time a man made off with another's loaf of bread. Professor W. David Allen's illuminating new book persuasively argues that examining crime through an economic framework may offer a path to understanding both the offenders and the offended. Allen divides his analysis into two parts: He first discusses the choices of criminals during the planning, commission, and covering up of illegal conduct, as well as (where applicable) in instances of recidivism. Allen next turns to victims, examining their decisions and efforts to prevent, resist, and report crime and the individual and societal consequences of their victimization. Using both traditional and newly developed economic models, integrated with insights from fields such as psychology, sociology, and public health, Allen elucidates the chronological "life cycle" of crime. In demonstrating how the interplay of criminals' and victims' decisions influences outcomes, Allen offers criminologists, legal scholars, and policymakers alike a bridge toward targeted efforts to reduce crime and victimization.

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