Crime prevention and control: Western beliefs vs. traditional legal practices

First, the paper deals with the current idea that punishment - conceived as the loss of liberty - has an effect in preventing unlawful behaviour. It shows that, in general, sanctions have a poor individual preventive effect and that general prevention depends on a variety of factors. The second question is that of the feasibility of non-stigmatizing ways to cope with crime. The authos looks at two examples borrowed from legal anthropology which seem to indicate that viable alternatives exist.

About the author

Amedeo Cottino

Professor of Sociology of Law at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Turin