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If I Had a Hammer, I Would Not Use it to Control Drunk Driving


DeMichele, M., & Payne, B. (2013). If I Had a Hammer, I Would Not Use it to Control Drunk Driving: Using Predictive Tools to Respond to Persistent Drunk Driving. Criminology and Public Policy, 12(2), 213-225. DOI: 10.1111/1745-9133.12039


The classic song "The hammer song" by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays (1949b) includes the lyrics that tell us how the musicians proposed using a hammer. The rendition by Peter, Paul, and Mary ("If I had a hammer," Seeger and Hays, 1949a) who sung about hammering all over the land all day long is particularly well known. Of course, they were not really going to use the hammer the way they suggested; instead, the hammer was a metaphor for peace and civility. The way that criminal justice professionals use tools, however, is not metaphoric and has real implications for the lives of offenders, criminal justice professionals, and community members. It is within this framework that one can realize the importance of Dugosh, Festinger, and Marlowe's (2013, this issue) study.