Are harsh sentences effective deterrents against crime?

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Jaskirat Singh Sidhu will spend 8 years behind bars and be deported for what his lawyer called about 15 seconds of distracted driving.Those seconds cost 16 people their lives and injured 13 others. You might think seeing the horrible consequence of a few seconds of distraction behind the wheel would serve as a wake up call. But there are still drivers looking at cell phones, so the message doesn't seem to have gotten through. Does giving Sidhu a long sentence make other drivers more conscientious? Does a life sentence for murder make people think twice about killing someone? Today we asked if harsh sentences serve as deterrents to crime. We were joined by Michael Nolin, a defence attorney in Saskatoon and Jennifer Quaid a law professor at the University of Ottawa.

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