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January 1925


Author Affiliations

By Edwin H. Sutherland, PhD., Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois. Pp. 643. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1924.

Arch NeurPsych. 1925;13(1):151-152. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1925.02200070154016

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The general point of view which dominates this book is indicated by the author's initial definition of criminology: "Criminology is the body of knowledge regarding the social problem of crime." "Criminology is concerned with crime as a personal and group phenomenon. As such it is primarily sociological. It draws information, to be sure, from a great variety of specialized investigations—physiological, psychological, legal, chemical, economic, statistical, educational, and sociological."

The chapter headings indicate the scope of the book: I. Criminology, Law, and Crime; II. Statistics of Crime; III. The Victims of Crime; IV-VIII. Causes of Crime; IX. The Police System; X. Detention Before Trial; XI. "Popular Justice"; XII. The Court; XIII. The Juvenile Court; XIV. Origin and Evolution of Punishment; XV. Ethics and Economy of Punishment; XVI. Miscellaneous Methods of Punishment; XVII-XX. Prisons; XXI. Release from Prison; XXII. Parole; XXIII. Probation; XXIV. Methods of Reformation; XXV. Prevention of Crime.