0030. In a current (April 2012) debate about reforming California's three strikes law (which provides for extremely long mandatory sentences for 3rd felony offenses) so that it does not ensnare people who commit a less serious third offense, the original sponsor of the law claimed that changing it would lead to a great increase in crime. If, on further questioning, it turned out that what he meant was that individuals who used to think twice about committing a crime will be less likely to do so because the law is not so scary any more, then he is describing

A. recidivism B. the incarceration or incapacitation effect C. the general deterrence effect D. the specific deterrence effect E. the rehabilitation effect


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