By Mark Brown, John Pratt

ISBN-10: 0415200482

ISBN-13: 9780415200486

This hugely debatable new e-book considers how the damaging criminal has turn into this kind of determine of collective anxiousness for the voters of rationalised Western societies. The authors consider:
* rules of chance and social possibility in historic perspective
* felony responses to violent criminals
* makes an attempt to foretell harmful behaviour
* why specific teams, resembling girls, stay in danger from violent crime.
This encouraged assortment invitations us to reconsider the obtained knowledge on risky offenders, and might be of curiosity to scholars and students within the fields of criminology and the sociology of probability.

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In its place, criminality came to be presented as a statistically verifiable omnipresent threat to all. By such means, 38 John Pratt the social enemy was transformed into a deviant, who brought with him the multiple danger of disorder, crime and madness. The carceral network linked, through innumerable relations, the two long, multiple series of the punitive and the abnormal. (Foucault 1978: 300–1) Furthermore, the state-chose to act against such dangerous criminals not solely because it felt itself imperilled by them; in addition, during the second half of the nineteenth century, it became prepared to extend its powers of control over those who refused to conform to its laws and normative expectations on behalf of the citizens they endangered.

1994) Markets and Morals, New York: Basic Books. Zedlewski, E. ’, Public Administration Review 45(5): 771–9. Chapter 2 Dangerousness and modern society John Pratt In most modern societies, dangerousness has come to have a specific penological meaning. It is usually taken to refer to that group of offenders whose propensity to repeatedly commit crimes of a non-capital but otherwise serious nature puts the wellbeing of the rest of the community at risk. How such offenders should then be punished has been a vexatious issue since the very conceptualisation of dangerousness across such societies around the end of the nineteenth century.

The trick is to find the balance among the elements that minimises the total crime bill. (Zedlewski 1985: 711) In this regime, criminals, like the unemployed and the unhealthy, among many others (including potential victims of crime), are increasingly invested with personal responsibility for their status and actions (Greco 1993; Dean 1995; O’Malley 1992). Incapacitation or punishment (in the form of deprivation of liberty) displace correction, in part because scientific correctionalism – the welfare sanction – has ‘failed’, in part because the prioritisation of financial accountability strips expenditure from the treatment of prisoners.

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