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Study of human behavior and rational choice/hedonism

Focus on the individual and study of their free will – focus of punishment is on the individual’s free will.

Most free will.


Beccaria - Classicism

Deterrence: Emphasis on rationality and utilitarianism. Individuals have free will and people choose to engage in crime. In order to prevent crime, we must deter and divert people away from crime. We punish simply for deterrence to punish the original offender and keep the rest of people away from crime.

Individualization of sentencing: We must find out what motivates the offender and he must be punished accordingly.

Prevention: We must punish crime to prevent future crime. Provide consequences to persuade people to avoid crime. Punish a few people to protect all of society (utility).


Bentham - Classicism

Deterrence: Utilitarianism – greatest good for the greatest number.

Theory of fictions – Signs for security systems. How do we know we are being recorded or the systems are live? We assume and it deters people.

We do not need constant surveillance to change behavior, or need a police officer directly in front of you.


Neo-Classical Theory (Us, right now?)

•Econometrics: view behavior as the result of choices. Weighing the costs and benefits when making a decision. Crime was committed because man made a rational choice between benefits and what he stood to lose.

• Deterrence

•Harsher sentences: Overcompensate with harsher laws and zero tolerance policies – mandatory minimums and three strikes laws. In a system where everyone views the system as weak and ineffective, harsher sentences will deter and scare some people to make people change their conduct.


Consensus and Conflict Theories

•Moral panic – people use as a rallying point for power and control. Are you with us? Moral entrepreneurs.

•Punishment as unifying force

•Punishment by powerful over powerless
Consensus vs. Conflict – with us or against us


Just Deserts (Us right now?) Contemporary Classical Theory

•Retribution – deserved punishment - you do the crime, you do the time. Our intention isn’t about what happens after, there is no future focus. We need to be harsh right now.

•No future focus

The iron law of corrections is 98% of all people currently involved in corrections will come back. We must punish those who violate as harshly as possible.



• Role of science
• Human behavior is a product of social, biological, psychological, and economic factors.
Darwin – survival of the fittest.
Challenge to classical thinking
• Criminal anthropology – brought study of crime into the field

Assumptions of positivism were used/exploited to defend punitive and lethal control over particular groups. (Colonization in America.) (Also used during the holocaust) (Kosovo, Rwanda)


Lombroso - Positivism

Field research to study the physical attributes of criminals. Criminals have different genetic make up than most people.
Born criminals

Atavism – Some people were born a throwback to an older, more primitive person, which are predisposed to more barbaric populations. (teeth, brow bones)

Micro vs. macro
Micro is individual, macro is cultural


Positivism in the CJ System

• Incapacitation – science based on who poses the biggest threat and they are then locked up
Mass – identify people who are likely to be problematic based on their group identity and then they are locked up. (drug crimes, based on gender, based on race)
Selective – identify who are the core criminals and lock them up for long periods of time to reduce crime in society
• Rehabilitation
Medicalization – electro shock, medication.
• Forward looking punishment – change individual to address crime. Attempting to address crime and make a change – something that classicism cannot do


Radicalism or Critical Criminology

• Need to address social context
• Structural inequality
• Link to capitalism and patriarchy
There needs to competition amongst people to keep people working and moving forward. Always going to need garbage men.
Patriarchy negatively impact all of society


Critical Crim Functions

• Conflict, domination, and repression. – Those in power will maintain their power. There is a disproportional emphasis placed on street crime vs. white collar crime.
• Inherent contradictions of capitalism.
• Laws by the powerful for the powerful.
Structured inequalities
• Criminal justice and social justice


Functions of Critical Crim in CJ

• Prisons as big business. – Billion dollar industries.
• Prison/unemployment link.
• Race & gender matter.
• Need for social transformation.


Main goal of Critical Crim

• Restorative justice
Integration/reintegration -should be an absolute goal from a critical perspective
Re-entry – an ongoing process
Coercive pro-socialization – require people to take part in programs


Women's prison pop over last three decades

Increased 646%, 1.5x faster than men's


Since 1980, offending..

Patterns of offending remain virtually static since 1980 – the laws changed and we simply caught more women


What percentage of total prison pop are women?



Chivalry Effect

Women were given courtesy and more lenient treatment than men. State would ‘take care’ of them and give them a pass regarding punishment


Equality with a Vengeance

War on drugs has disproportionately effected women more harshly than men


History of women in corrections

Women have been largely ignored by the criminal justice system
Prostitutes and petty thieves were often incarcerated with me
Immortality was seen as primary problem for women
Assumption was that good, virtuous women cared for home and family
Reality is lower income women were servants in the homes of the wealthy and cared for the children


Abolition and women's suffrage

Women were active in fight to end slavery
Female activists assumed that once slavery was abolished the focus would turn to women’s rights
This did not happen


Elizabeth Gurney Fry

prison activist who fought for safer and humane prisons for women
Get men out of women’s prisons
Separate housing for women
Sought to have female administrators and staff as a means of combating sexual violence against women prisoners


Incarceration Rates by Race

 133/100,000 Black women
 77/100,000 Hispanic women
 47/100,000 White women


Changing Racial Disparity

 In 2000, black women were incarcerated 6x rate of white women.
 By 2009 that ratio had declined by 53%, to 2.8:1.
 From 2000 to 2009, the rate of incarceration in state and federal prisons declined 30.7% for black women, while rates for white women rose 47.1%, the Hispanics women’s rate rose by 23.3%.


Liklihood of being Incarcerated

 1 in 19 for black women
 1 in 45 for Hispanic women
 1 in 118 for white women


Women in prison ________ than are men (43%) to have chronic and/or communicable medical problems (including HIV, Hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted diseases).

are more likely (59%)


_________of women in state prisons in 2004 had symptoms of a current mental health problem, compared to 55% of men.

Nearly 3/4 (73%)


• In 2007, _______ children had a parent in prison on any given day.
• The number of children with parents in prison increased 80% between 1991 and 2007.



1 in ___black children, 1 in ___ Latino children, and 1 in ___ white children had a parent in prison in 2007.

15, 42, 111


Black children are ____ more likely and hispanic children are ____ more likely than white children to have a parent in prison

7.5, 2.6


of parents in prison were homeless in the year before the arrest leading to their current imprisonment.