What Is General Deterrence? - Definition, Theory & Examples


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What does general deterrence seek to achieve?

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1. Which of the following is an example of general deterrence in the criminal justice system?

2. Which of the following is NOT an example of general deterrence theory?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

General deterrence is a theory used within the criminal justice system. Use this multiple choice quiz and worksheet combination to gauge your understanding pertaining to its goals and forms of use.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will ask about:

  • Examples of general deterrence
  • Purpose of this theory
  • Why general deterrence works

Skills Practiced

Be prepared to practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to determine if a presented scenario represents general deterrence
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what this theory is meant to achieve
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about examples of general deterrence

Additional Learning

Develop your knowledge of this theory by reviewing the related lesson, What is General Deterrence? - Definition, Theories & Examples. This lesson will address the following objectives:

  • Define the terms general deterrence and deter
  • Understand the theory and examples of its practice
  • Identify the role discretion plays in general deterrence