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Why do some people commit crimes? Why do others not com¬mit crimes? Why do men commit more crimes than women? What special problems are presented by the mentally abnormal offender? Why do we still know so little about the causes of crime? How effective are our sentencing policies? Are criminologists and sociologists asking the right questions?
In. this new edition of her celebrated Hamlyn Lectures, Lady Wootton has considered each topic afresh and has brought each chapter up to date by means of a Postscript. In addition, a new introductory section analyses the developments in, and fresh controversies about, law and penal policy since 1963.
Crime and the Criminal Law is in part highly critical of our present system of dealing with criminal offenders. It reflects the author's many years of practical and academic experience, as a magistrate, university lecturer, author, broadcaster, and member of Government Committees on penal policy and the penal system.
The book remains as stimulating and controversial as when the Lectures were first delivered. This new edition will be warmly welcomed by all those concerned with the problems it discusses, whether as student, lecturer, social worker, or thoughtful citizen.