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NCJ Number: 20688 Find in a Library
Title: SYSTEM CRIMINOLOGY OF HUMANITARIAN CRIMINOLOGY - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA VERSUS CRIME
Journal: DELIKT EN DELINKWENT  Dated:(MAY 1977)  Pages:249-260
Author(s): C I DESSAUR
Corporate Author: Gouda Quint Bv
Netherlands
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Gouda Quint Bv
Arnhem, Netherlands
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: Dutch
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: THIS ARTICLE IS A CRITICAL REVIEW OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN NORTH AMERICAN CRIMINOLOGY BASED ON DISCUSSIONS AND PAPERS PRESENTED AT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE EVALUATION, FEBRUARY 1977 AT WASHINGTON, D.C.
Abstract: THE AUTHOR ARGUES THAT THE GENERAL TENDENCY IN CURRENT AMERICAN CRIMINOLOGY APPEARS TO BE TO CONCENTRATE ON COLLECTING FACTS RATHER THAN INVESTIGATING THE CAUSES OF CRIMINALITY. THIS BECOMES APPARENT WHEN ONE SEES THE VAST AMOUNTS OF MONEY AVAILABLE FOR POLICY-RELEVANT RESEARCH BY ENGINEERS, COMPUTER SPECIALISTS, AND OTHER TECHNOLOGISTS. THIS RESEARCH PRODUCES DATA THAT CAN BE USED AND INTERPRETED BY GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES AT THEIR OWN DISCRETION. THIS IS SEEN AS SUPPRESSING THE SOCIAL SYMPTOMS OF CRIMINALITY AND NECESSARILY SANCTIONS THE MORAL NORMS OF THE MAJORITY AND/OR THE GOVERNMENT. THE ARGUMENT MADE DURING THE CONFERENCE THAT THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAW AND MORALS, STRESSING THE RELATIVITY OF MORALS AND THE DESIRABILITY OF MINIMIZING STATE INTERVENTION IN THE PRIVATE LIVES OF THE CITIZENS, MET WITH LITTLE ACCLAIM. FURTHER PROGRESS IN THIS DIRECTION, THE AUTHOR FEELS, WILL CREATE ROBOTS RATHER THAN CREATIVE BEINGS. --IN DUTCH....MSP
Index Term(s): Criminology; Critiques; Netherlands; Policy analysis; Research; Society-crime relationships; Theory
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