The theory of deterrence attempts to answer one of the most fundamental questions concerning crime: Why do individuals commit criminal and/or deviant acts? Deterrence theory attempts to answer this question by examining the choices and subsequent actions of the offender. Deterrence theory has its roots in the historical evolution of crime and punishment.

Judicial systems within feudal states were ruthless in their approach to crime control. During the Middle Ages and into the late 1700s, judicial representatives often punished criminals in an extremely harsh ...

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