The History Of Criminology

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Lysander Spooner once said “Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property. Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another.” A voice is an immoral or wicked behavior. When someone gives into their vices they will harm themselves. For example, a person can have a voice about gambling and ultimately could lose everything financially. Crimes on the other hand can harm another person. One issue in our society pertaining to criminal justice is criminology. Criminology is a branch of sociology and has in effect been studied in one way or another for thousands of years. Criminologists look at a broad range of topics related to crime. They are dedicated to studying not only the causes of crime, but the social impact as well. It has only been relatively recently though that it has been recognized as a scientific discipline in its own right. Criminal justice has become a controversial topic, within criminology field throughout various time periods , specific advocates its connection to the media and society as a whole. The history of criminology has developed over time. Our modern system of criminal justice is the result of several evolutionary changes that society has undergone since the inception of the United States. Over the years, Americans have developed mechanisms that institute and enforce the rules of society as well as assigned responsibility and punish offenders. Today those functions are carried out by the
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