Adventures in Criminology by Sir Leon Radzinowicz PDF

By Sir Leon Radzinowicz

ISBN-10: 0203258444

ISBN-13: 9780203258446

ISBN-10: 0415198755

ISBN-13: 9780415198752

Sir Leon Radzinowicz is likely one of the key figures within the improvement of criminology within the 20th century. This account of the advance of criminology intertwines his own narrative as a criminologist with the development of criminology itself. His event received from a profession which has spanned 70 years because the Twenties, bargains a profound assessment of the way the knowledge of crime and criminals, of felony justice structures and penology has replaced, and of the tensions and dilemmas those pose for democratic societies.

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Hence it could hardly escape (even if it had wished to do so) their potent, persistent and diversified influences. The effect of all this in the penal sphere was an extraordinary mosaic. Swiss delinquents committing a crime in Switzerland could, in practice, face any one of twenty-three criminal codes plus two common-law uncodified legal systems and as many codes of criminal procedure, largely depending on the canton in which they happened to break the law. There were, of course, several drawbacks in dispersing the authority of the criminal law.

I welcomed the emerging penal code for Switzerland as offering, at last, tangible hope that this crisis of criminal law enforcement could be overcome. But I nevertheless held fast and firmly to my conviction that the projected code was but a transitional project which, in due course, would lead to the formulation and adoption of a code of social defence conceived in undiluted positivist terms. Moreover, I declared, to confine oneself to the task of formulating a penal code, however urgent and necessary it undoubtedly was, would be following a gravely faulted road.

The time had come to readjust them. Stooss was, of course, well aware of the positivists and of the programme of the International Association of Criminal Law. Yet, like so many others, he was discouraged by the extreme position taken up by the positivists, as the following remark illustrates: ‘The foundation of Lombroso’s theory proved to be untenable. ’ He gravitated towards the Association. In the final analysis, however, his work was, to a decisive extent, intrinsically the expression of his personality and of what he felt were, at the time, the urgent and attainable objectives of penal renovation.

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