Another study, I'd rather be Hanged for a Sheep than a Lamb: The Unintended Consequences of 'Three-Strikes' Laws, released by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that Three-strikes Laws discourages criminals from committing misdemeanors in fear of getting sentenced to life in prison. Although this deters crime and contributes to lower crime rates, the laws also have the possibility to push previously convicted criminals to commit more serious offenses. The study's author argues that this is so because under such laws, felons realize that they could face a long jail sentence for their next crime, and therefore they have little to lose by committing serious crimes rather than minor offenses. Through these findings, the study weighs both the pros and cons for the law. 
Share This Story CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST KGW has heard from Portland-area retailers frustrated by perpetual shoplifting problems. Retailers say the costs get passed onto consumers, who pay higher prices because of shoplifters. Police and many retailers feel the system is flawed as shoplifters often re-offend without facing serious consequences. We decided to take a closer look at shoplifting in Portland by talking to shoplifters and the store owners struggling to stop them.