Specific Deterrence: Definition & Examples


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Which of the following definitions describes the purpose of specific deterrence?

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1. What determines the effectiveness of a specific deterrent?

2. A punishment that discourages the public at large from breaking the law is known as:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Specific deterrence is the topic of this quiz/worksheet combo. Questions on the quiz will test you on things like the purpose of specific deterrence and the factors considered when evaluating deterrents.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these study tools to:

  • Understand the effect of a punishment that discourages others from breaking the law
  • Identify a legal theory of punishment that is proportionate to the crime
  • Name the type of punishment that considers an offender's criminal history

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to practice the following study skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of punishment and how it is connected to different legal theories
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about who punishments are designed for in a different light
  • Interpeting information - verify that you can read information regarding how to measure the effectiveness of specific deterrence and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the aim behind specific deterrence

Additional Learning

Find out more about deterrence with this lesson entitled Specific Deterrence: Definition & Examples. The lesson will cover the following study objectives:

  • Compare and contrast specific and general deterrence
  • Recognize the differences between deterrence and retributivism
  • Analyze specific deterrence punishments