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The New Penology: Notes on the Emerging Strategy of Corrections and Its Implications
  • Malcolm M. Feeley, Berkeley Law
  • Jonathan Simon, Berkeley Law
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The new penology argues that an important new language of penology is emerging. This new language, which has its counterparts in other areas of the law as well, shifts focus away from the traditional concerns of the criminal law and criminology, which have focused on the individual, and redirects it to actuarial consideration of aggregates. This shift has a number of important implications: It facilitates development of a vision or model of a new type of criminal process that embraces increased reliance on imprisonment and that merges concerns for surveillance and custody, that shifts away from a concern with punishing individuals to managing aggregates of dangerous groups, and that affects the training and practice of criminologists.

Reprinted in: P.O'Malley, ed., Crime and the Risk Society (London, 1998); D. Malosi, ed., The Sociology of Punishment (London, 1998); Stuart Henry, ed., Criminological Theories (New York, 1997); Roger Matthews, ed., Imprisonment (London, 1999); Yvonne Jewkes, Prisons and Punishment (London, 2008); P. Priestley and M. Vanstone, eds., Offenders or Citizens? Readings in Rehabilitation (Bristol, Eng.: Willian Pub., 2010); U of T, Criminology Reader Kendel Hunt Publishing; Translated and published in Spanish (Argentina), as "La Nueva penologia: Nota acera de las estrategias emergentes en el sistema penal y sus implicaciones" Delito y SociedadL Revista de Ciencias Sociales 4 (6-7) 1995: 33-58; Katja Franko Aas, ed., Globalization of Crime (Beverly Hills: Sage Pub. 2013).

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Malcolm M. Feeley, The New Penology: Notes on the Emerging Strategy of Corrections and Its Implications, 30 Criminology 449 (1992)