The Honest Politician’s Guide to Crime Control

The truth is that almost all adults have, at some time in their lives
Committed criminal acts
And it is those who have not who are abnormal
Almost all the acts which are defined as criminal in our society
Have at some time in some society been tolerated
And even socially approved
The line between legitimate and illegitimate means of acquiring property
Is both arbitrary and difficult to define precisely
There are wide differences between states
In regard to what sexual behaviour is criminal
And considerable variation in the same state
At different historical periods
There is no evidence
That the bulk of criminal behaviour
Is the result of some pathological, mental or somatic condition
Which distinguishes criminals in general from non-criminals

With thanks to Norval Morris and Gordon Hawkins


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