Understanding Crime Control Theater

Logan A. Yelderman, Monica K. Miller, Shelby Forsythe, Lorie Sicafuse
  • Criminal Justice Review, June 2017, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0734016817710695

Crime Control Theater and Emotion

What is it about?

This article demonstrates that policies characteristic of crime control theater are often supported through emotion-driven decision-making.

Why is it important?

This work suggests that people who anticipate feeling guilty for not supporting certain policy will support policies even if they fail. This has implications for current policy appeals, financial allocation for policies, and public education regarding crime policy.


Logan Yelderman (Author)

This article is really neat as it shows that emotion can play the role of a backup system for supporting policy when one's cognitive system is insufficient in determining that particular decision.

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