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Reinventing Punishment: A Comparative History of Criminology and Penology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Michele Pifferi


The book provides an historical analysis of the impact of criminology on the rationale of punishment and the sentencing systems in Europe and the United States between the 1870s and the 1930s. The rise of the principles of individualization of punishment, social defence, preventive justice, and indeterminate sentencing are investigated in a comparative perspective. The manner in which US and European jurisprudence enforced these ideas brought about the emergence of two different penological identities: the US penal reform movement led to the adoption of the indeterminate sentence system, where ... More

Keywords: history of criminology, comparative legal history, individualization of punishment, preventive detention, indeterminate sentencing, measures of security, principle of legality, sentencing discretion, social defence, authoritarian criminal law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198743217
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743217.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michele Pifferi, author
Associate Professor of Legal History, Ferrara University