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brief history of criminology

Brief History of Criminology

1. Criminology

2. Brief History of Criminology

3. Quiz # 1

  • Not too long ago, criminology separated from its mother discipline, sociology
  • It has since developed habits and methods of thinking about crime and criminal behavior that are uniquely its own
criminology is
Criminology is …
  • The scientific approach to studying criminal behavior (individual vs social group)
  • Interdisciplinary discipline: political science, psychology, economics, natural sciences, human development, and biology
edwin sutherland and donald gressey
Edwin Sutherland and Donald Gressey
  • Scope of criminology includes:
  • Processes of making laws
  • Processes of breaking laws
  • Processes of reacting toward the breaking the laws
yvette cade
Yvette Cade

The third-degree burns melted her chin and took parts of her ears as attempted to put out the flames that nearly engulfed her the day her ex-husband stormed into her workplace, crushed her toes and lit her on fire

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Brief History of Criminology
  • Demonic Perspective (Middle Ages, 1200-1600)
  • Classical School (the late 1700s and the early 1800s )
  • Neo-classical school (emerged between 1880 and 1920 and is still with us today)
  • Positivism (the mid 1800s and early 1900s)
  • Sociological Criminology (mid 1800s till now)
demonic perspective
Demonic Perspective
  • It is not surprising that any discussion of the existence of evil behavior in the world would begin with religious explanations
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Demonic Perspective
  • Temptation Model
  • Possession Model
temptation model
Temptation Model
  • Mat 26:41 (NIV) "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
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Temptation Model
  • People are weak
  • Temptations to sin are impossible to avoid. (Matt. 18:7)
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Temptation Model
  • No matter how tempting the devil's offers might be, the individual always retains the ability to refuse to sin
  • “Good force" offers rewards and frequently promises spiritual aid to help the beleaguered individual resist the devil's temptations
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Temptation Model
  • This model has a deterrent


  • The threat of hellfire or other eternal punishment for those who chose to do evil
  • Those who have sinned more will suffer more. For them, there is no end to suffering and despair.
temptation model how to treat criminals
Temptation Model-how to treat criminals?
  • Public humiliation and banishment were frequently used by religious societies as ways of controlling their deviant populations
  • For serious deviants, capital punishment wouldbe a final solution
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Temptation Model-how to treat criminals?
  • Cutting of Hands and Feet is a punishment given to people who steal
  • "As to the thief, Male or female, cut off his or her hands: a punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crime: and Allah is Exalted in power." - Quran 5:38
possession model
Possession Model
  • Once possessed by an evil spirit the person is no longer responsible for his/her actions
  • The devil now has taken control of the individual's mind and body resulting in evil behavior
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Possession Model
  • One question that is frequently raised concerning the possession model is whether good or moral persons can be possessed
possession model how to treat criminals
Possession Model-how to treat criminals?
  • One way of "curing" the individual is through exorcism-a religious ritual aimed at jettisoning the unclean spirit from the body
exorcism today
Exorcism today
  • Mario Garcia ended up in jail on charges of puncturing his mother-in-law's esophagus with a pair of crucifixes
  • Prior to the incident, the mother-in-law displayed erratic behavior. The hospital had suggested psychiatric treatment for her
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Exorcism today
  • Garcia had the woman lie down on a bed, while the woman's son, her husband, Garcia's wife, and three young children contributed prayers for support Garcia shoved not one but two 8-inch steel crucifixes into his mother-in-law's mouth
  • The crosses went deep enough down her throat to pierce her esophagus
  • Police who were called to the scene found the woman bleeding profusely from the mouth on Garcia's front porch, with Garcia shouting, "The devil is inside her!"
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Exorcism today
  • Garcia was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon and taken under psychiatric observation.
  • Police are in agreement with Garcia's family that he did not act with intent to harm “I've seen suspects who thought they had psychic powers, but never one that had a family who believed it, too.”
the origin of classical school
The origin of classical school
  • Started in Europe (the late 1700s and the early 1800s)
  • Criminal justice needed to be updated
  • Throughout Europe the use of torture to secure confessions and force self-incriminating testimony had been widespread
  • Classical school was against tortures
classical school
Classical School
  • The Classical "School" of Criminology is a broad label for a group of thinkers of crime and punishment in the 18th and early 19th centuries
  • Two famous writers during this classical period were Cesare Beccaria (1738-1794) and Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)
criminal justice in the early 1800s
Criminal Justice (in the early 1800s)
  • Infliction of bodily pain to extort evidence or confession
  • Torture employed devices such as the rack (to stretch the victim's joints to breaking point), the thumbscrew, the boot (which crushed the foot), heavy weights that crushed the whole body, the iron maiden (cage shaped like a human being with interior spikes to spear the occupant)
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Classical School
  • Crime was committed out of total free will and that individuals weighed the consequences of their actions
  • Punishment is made in order to deter people from committing crime and it should be greater than the pleasure of criminal gains
cesare beccaria 1738 1794
Cesare Beccaria (1738-1794)
  • People should be presumed innocent until proven guilty (no torture)
  • The law should be codified (written) with punishments prescribed in advance
  • Punishment should be limited (less harsher) to only that necessary to deter people from ever committing it again (no capital punishment)
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Cesare Beccaria (1738-1794)
  • Punishment should be severe, certain, and swift
  • Severity is the least important, certainty the next in importance, and celerity, or swiftness, is about as equal in importance as certainty)
  • The criminal justice system should be organized around crime prevention
jeremy bentham 1748 1832
Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)
  • Believed that individuals weigh the probabilities of present and future pleasures against those of present and future pain
  • People act as human calculators, they put all factors into a sort of mathematical

equation to decide whether or not

to commit an illegal act

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Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)
  • Punishment should be just a bit in excess of the pleasures derived from an act and not any higher than that
  • Since punishment creates unhappiness it can be justified if it prevents greater

evil than it produces

the neo classical school
The Neo-classical School
  • A revision of classical school
  • Neo-classical criminologists recognized that the free will approach had a number of shortcomings
  • Leading proponents were Gabriel Tarde (1843-1904) and his student Raymond Saleilles (1898)
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The Neo-classical School
  • Some behaviors are very irrational
  • Self-defense or mistake of fact
mistake of fact
Mistake of fact
  • If a defendant goes into a supermarket and places eight items in a basket which is presented to the cashier
  • Both honestly believe that all eight items have been scanned, and the defendant pays the sum shown on the bill
  • A store detective, however, notices that a mistake was made by the cashier so that only seven items were actually priced
  • This detective arrests the defendant after leaving the store
  • The defendant honestly believes that he has become the owner of goods in a sale transaction (not a thief)
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The Neo-classical School
  • So, not all persons were completely responsible for their own actions
  • Positive treatment toward "mental illness" type explanations
categorization of motives
Categorization of Motives
  • Understanding homicide
  • The accurate determination of motive in any crime is highly subjective
  • Social scientists have used several approaches to categorize motives
  • One strategy is to distinguish b/w instrumental and expressive motivation
instrumental motivation
Instrumental Motivation
  • Violent acts with instrumental motivations are directed at some valued goal beyond the act itself (Menendez brothers may have killed their parents for the instrumental goal of protecting themselves or collecting the insurance payment)
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Instrumental Motivation
  • Eric and Lyle Menendez were convicted of first-degree murder for the brutal shotgun slaying of their parents in Beverly Hills. Their defense was based on the “abuse excuse”
  • The apparent motives ranged from the brothers’ fear of their father’s abuse to their desire to collect $11 million in insurance
expressive motivation
Expressive Motivation
  • Expressive actions are those motivated exclusively by rage, anger, frustration, or more generally, the heat of passion (self-defense, accidental homicides)
ucr supplementary homicide reports classification of motives
UCR Supplementary Homicide Reports classification of motives
  • Arguments (53%)
  • Participation in other felony crimes, especially robbery and drug offenses (32%)
  • Youth gang activity (8%)
  • Brawls under the influence of drugs or alcohol (4%)
  • Miscellaneous situations such as killings by babysitters, gangland slaying, and sniper attacks (1%)
the victim offender relationship
The Victim-Offender Relationship
  • Three types of relationships are often identified:
  • Familial (especially spouses and siblings)(22%)
  • Acquaintances (including friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, neighbors, and coworkers)(57%)
  • Strangers (21%)
positivist school in criminology
Positivist School in Criminology
  • The demand for facts, for scientific proof (determinism)
  • There are body and mind differences between people
  • Punishment should fit the individual criminal, not the crime (indeterminate sentencing, disparate sentencing, parole)
  • Criminals can be treated, rehabilitated, or corrected (if not, then they are incurable and should be put to death)
fundamental assumptions
Fundamental assumptions
  • The basic determinants of human behavior are genetically based
  • Observed gender and racial differences in rates and types of criminality may be at least partially the result of biological differences b/w the sexes and racially distinct groups
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Positivist School in Criminology
  • Most people believe the leading figure of positivist criminology (often called the father of criminology) was Lombroso (1835-1909). 
  • On Criminal Man, was first put together in 1861, and made the following points:
the underlying logic
The Underlying Logic


Inability to

Learn and

Follow legal


Mental and







sociological theories of crime
Sociological Theories of Crime
  • Search for factors outside the individual - socialization, subcultural membership, social class
  • Explains crime by reference to the institutional structure of society
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Sociological Theories of Crime
  • Society
  • Neighborhood
  • Parents
  • School
  • Peers
  • Role models