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A fitting punishment

There are frequent calls from society for heavier prison sentences, but the question is whether longer sentences result in a safer society. Judges are seeing more and more offenders with social and psychological problems and they therefore often prescribe a programme of treatment and monitoring for these offenders. But what is the best form of punishment to prevent re-offending? With new information and insights from research carried out at Leiden University, politicians, legislators and law enforcers can be more effective in keeping society safer. Read more in the new research dossier ‘A fitting punishment’.