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Criminal Deterrence Theory

The History, Myths & Realities

Criminal Deterrence Theory
  • Year of publication 2018
  • 208 pages
Author:David J. Cornwell
Category: Criminology General
Icon_printbook 978‐94‐6236‐815‐6 | hardcover | 1st edition | € 59.00 / $ 79.65 / £ 62.54

This unique work by an experienced criminologist challenges the accepted status and effects of criminal deterrence theory in contemporary justice and punishment worldwide. Using the British justice process as an example, the author offers a hard-hitting critique on basing penal policies upon the presumed but unmeasurable effectiveness of specific and general deterrence in pursuit of crime control. In his analysis, different approaches are explored to discuss a better way of ‘doing justice’; one without the collateral damage caused by mass incarceration as a means of social protection.

Thanks to its keen and new insights, Criminal Deterrence Theory is a must-read for every politician, sentencing official, and criminal justice practitioner. It is, quite simply, a ‘call to arms’ for long-overdue penal reform.

Author's information

Dr. David J. Cornwell is a former prison governor and academic researcher with a wide experience of correctional processes worldwide. He has specialised in writing about criminal punishment philosophy and practices, and is a committed advocate of the potential of reparative and restorative justice and mediation as a driving force for delivering enlightened penal practices for the future.