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Scientifically Efficient Methods of Dealing with Crime and Criminality

B. Uma Devi

in Arrest, Detention, and Criminal Justice System

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198075998
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080953 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075998.003.0041
Scientifically Efficient Methods of Dealing with Crime and Criminality

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This chapter notes that scientific studies in different disciplines have abundantly established that the best method to control crime would be, unlike the present practice to ‘punish’ after the crime has been committed, to ‘prevent’ crime. Therapeutic treatment of deviants could be a more definite and scientific method to control criminality and crime. It is now established that delinquency is often caused by biological and neurological disorders. Public health has always been within the domain of the police powers of the State. In the light of scientific discoveries, the regulatory power should be made use of meaningfully. This chapter concludes that stress would have to be shifted from ‘punishments’ for crimes to ‘prevention’ of crimes and ‘reparation’.

Keywords: scientific studies; crime prevention; crime control; punishment; neurological disorders; public health; reparation

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Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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