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Recession, Crime and Punishment - Steven Box

Recession, Crime and Punishment

Paperback Published: 4th August 1977
ISBN: 9780333438534
Number Of Pages: 256

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We are often told that unemployment is 'no excuse' for committing crimes. It certainly does not follow, as many in government would have use believe, that crime is unrelated to social conditions.

Examining a mass of evidence from Great Britain, the United States, Canada and other industrialised countries, Steven Box shows how criminal activity increased with unemployment, poverty and sharpened competition between firms. He demonstrates that corporate as well as individual crime is affected by the experience of recession and that changing pressures and opportunities alter the character and distribution of deviance as well as increasing its incidence.

Although deterioration in material circumstances does lead to more crime, however, it does not alone account for the massive increase in prison populations or increasingly repressive systems of social control. These developments, the author argues, flow more from government attempts to restructure the labour force and the natural reaction of minor state officials like judges, police and probation officers to the changing 'logic' of their situations.

Preface - The Lost World of the Sixties - Why Should Recession Cause Crime to Increase? - Does Recession Lead to More Crime? The State and 'Problem Populations' - The Criminal Justice System and 'Problem Populations' - Does Recession Lead to More Imprisonment? - Conclusions and Policy Implications - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333438534
ISBN-10: 0333438531
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 4th August 1977
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 10