An Essay on Crimes and Punishments - Online Library of Liberty
An Essay on Crimes and Punishments
Beccaria’s influential Essay On Crimes and Punishments is considered a foundation work in the modern field of criminology. The treatise was publicly praised by Katherine the Great, Maria Theresa of Austria-Hungry and quoted by Voltaire, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
AN ESSAY ON CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
In her deeply researched essay in our brand-new , Heather Mac Donald shows how the growing movement to reduce incarceration (which has partisans on the right as well as the left) traffics in myths. The biggest myth of all, frequently promoted by President Obama, is that America's prisons and jails are filled with nonviolent drug users, kids who've just had a bad break or two. The reality is that prisons are dominated by thugs and serial thieves, as she noted as well in . If they're returned in large numbers to city streets, crime is sure to rise--and we're already seeing signs of it happening in California. This is the latest of Mac Donald's major essays on crime and punishment, which will be anthologized in a book in 2016.