Sir Leon Radzinowicz is one of the key figures in the development of criminology in the twentieth century. This account of the development of criminology intertwines his personal narrative as a criminologist with the progression of criminology itself. His experience gained from a career which has spanned 70 years since the 1920s, offers a profound overview of how the understanding of crime and criminals, of criminal justice systems and penology has changed, and of the tensions and dilemmas these pose for democratic societies.
Table of Contents
1. At the Creation 2. From an Active Volcano to a Well-Ordered Scenery 3. Towards a Medical Model of a Criminal Justice 4. A Penological Cul-de-Sac 5. Trying to Break Down Traditional Barriers 6. The Socio-Liberal Approach to Criminal Policy 7. Reaching the Harbour 8. Putting Criminology on the National Map 9. Making it Work: Infusing Reality into an Idea 10. The Awkward Question of Capital Punishment 11. An Issue Which Refuses to go Away 12. A Prison System in Crisis 13. A Fruitful Approach to Penal Reform 14. The Death of a Royal Commission 15. Seeking International Solutions 16. Some Forays Abroad and at Home 17. A Grim Penal Outlook 18. A Brief for Criminology
Sir Leon Radzinowicz, LL.D FBA, is a leading figure in the development of criminology in the twentieth century. Adventures in Criminology draws on his extraordinary range of personal experiences during a career spanning over seventy years, from the 1920s to the present day. It provides a remarkable overview of changing approaches to criminality and explores the tensions and dilemmas which beset criminal justice and penal systems in all democratic societies.