SOC209H5 Lecture : SOC 209-Lecture 2.docx

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Lecture 2: thinking critically about law and crime. New trendis the new punitiveor cultural controlor fear(different names)a trend towards harsher criminal justie policiesin typicall westernized countrie(us. canda, england etc. ) If you look at staticisin usincrease in use of imprisonmentmore crimes that lead to imprisionmentexif someone was to punch someone at schoolknown as assault chargethis wouldn t be hte case 20 yrs ago Homeless popincreasing the number of ppl in courtwe now have madnitory prison sentences for certain crimes(new in canada-1995) We also have zero tolerance chargeswhere a lot mmore kids are being charged A 3 rd offencemeans imprisonment no matter how minor the charge is Ex. in some countriescaptial punishmentnot in canadabut yes in us, china and japan. Where is the call for harsher laws comning from then: justification for punsihemnet: Retirubtionthe idea that the most serious crimes deserves the most serious punihsnment.

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