Ernest W. Burgess and Parole Prediction

in Against Prediction

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780226316130
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226315997 | DOI:
Ernest W. Burgess and Parole Prediction

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This chapter explores the birth of the actuarial in American criminal law, focusing on the development and use of the first actuarial instrument by Ernest W. Burgess in the late 1920s. Drawing on sociology's new statistical rigor, Burgess helped refocus the study of sociology on the individual and was a leading figure in the structural transformation that took place in the discipline during the 1930s and 1940s.

Keywords: actuarial methods; criminal law; Ernest W. Burgess; sociology; parole

Chapter.  11232 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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