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Criminal deterrence theory

Criminal deterrence theory
the history, myths and realities

  • ISBN: 9789462368156
  • Editorial: Eleven International Publishing
  • Lugar de la edición: The Hague. Países Bajos
  • Encuadernación: Cartoné
  • Medidas: 24 cm
  • Nº Pág.: 190
  • Idiomas: Inglés

Papel: Cartoné
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This unusual work by an experienced criminologist challenges the taken-for-granted status and effects of criminal deterrence theory in contemporary justice and punishment worldwide.

Using the British justice process as an example, it is a hard-hitting critique of the illusory and dysfunctional outcomes of basing penal policies upon the presumed but un-measureable effectiveness of specific and general deterrence in pursuit of crime control. There are better ways of 'doing justice' without the collateral damage caused by mass incarceration as a means of social protection. These are explained in this analysis.

This is a book which every politician should read and internalise, every sentencing official should carefully consider, and every criminal justice practitioner should welcome. It is, quite simply, a 'call to arms' for long-overdue penal reform.


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