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New Trends of Criminology and Teaching Innovations. Helmut Kury EU-Project: „Internationalization in Sociology and Criminology studies“ Vilnius/Lithuania 2nd – 6th October, 2012. New Trends of Criminology and Teaching Innovations. New Trends In Criminology S. Sheldon Glueck - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • New Trends of Criminology and Teaching InnovationsHelmut Kury

    EU-Project:Internationalization in Sociology and Criminology studiesVilnius/Lithuania 2nd 6th October, 2012

  • New Trends of Criminology and Teaching InnovationsNew Trends In CriminologyS. Sheldon Glueck (the Bar of the State of New York; Instructor, Criminology and Penology, Department of Social Ethics, Harvard University, Cambridge; Proceedings Of The National Conference Of Social Work Formerly National Conference of Charities and Correction At The Fifty-First Annual Session Held In Toronto, Ontario June 25-July 2, 1924 (p. 196) Modern principles of criminal law and procedure are largely traceable to the eighteenth-century humanitarian movement and to the philosophers who gave voice to that ethical renaissance. These first great strides in the humanizing of criminal law and procedure had as their theoretical, philosophical basis the social contract theory of Rousseau.(

  • New Trends of Criminology and Teaching InnovationsPat OMalley (1996): The long period from the 1890s through to the 1980s was one in which political rationalities were broadly ordered under an overarching discourse of the social. J.Donzelot (1979) speaks about the discovery of the social. Margaret Thatcher (1993, p.626): There is no such thing as Society. There are individual men and women and there are families.

  • New Trends ofCriminology and Teaching Innovations

  • New Trends of Criminology and Teaching InnovationsThe situation in Germany and in most countries of the continent: In the 1970s we had new universities and a liberal politics1969 the criminological department of the MPI in Freiburg was established1980 the KFN in Hannover was established1986 the KrimZ in Wiesbaden was establishedCriminological research had in the 1970s an influence on crime policy: see the prison law in Germany, the development of diversion the last decades (Labeling theory), establishment of treatment programs in prisons, community treatment programs, victim help institutions The last years the situation changedToday crime policy is less oriented in empirical evidence and proof Research on security is a big topic meanwhile, more securityA reduction of influence of the subject of criminology at Universities

  • New Trends of Criminology and Teaching Innovations11 faculties dont have yet criminology~ 40 law faculties in Germany, 5 institutes for criminology, 6 chairs in criminologyEspecially in Sociology a reduction of chairs in criminology and devianceWe have more than 320 Profs in sociology in Germany but no one for social deviant behavior or sociology of crimeIn psychology criminal behavior is one of the oldest applied part, the oldest German journal in criminology is the MschrKrim, it had the title of MschrKriminalpsychol.1984 foundation of the Fachgruppe Rechtspsychol., 1992 foundation of the Europ. Assoc. of Forensic Psychol. Members are more or less only experts for courts, the last years a strong increase in expertises about prognosis.

  • New Trends of Criminology and Teaching InnovationsEconomy is not interested in criminologyIn USA, Canada, GB or Australia there exists a separate education and professionalization in criminologyVery often there is seen a difference between anglo-american countries and continental Europe. Exceptions are the Netherlands and the Northern countries. These small countries are more involved in the international discussion and publicationsCriminology in Germany is mostly a part of penal law, penal law has inside the law a low prestige, lower is that of criminology. Criminology is seperated from other subjects (psychology, economy, neuroscience )

  • New Trends of Criminology and Teaching InnovationsP.A. Albrecht (2010, p. 7): Criminology understands itself as a basic of penal law. Jescheck, founder of MPI, since 1969 a criminological Department. The basic rule of cooperation was: Penal law and criminology under one roof better is round the same tableCriminology in the vise of law faculties1980s discussion about state criminology

  • New Trends of Criminology and Teaching InnovationsState institutions like police or prisons meanwhile do their own reseach often not publishedPrison governors are traditionally mostly jurists, but If the task of prisons is resocialisation then the directors should be experts in resocialisation (Santa Fu)Criminologists should more be involved in political discussions about crime related topicsWIKIPEDIA: Criminology uses sciences like Law and Psychiatry, Sociology and Pedagogic, Psychology, Ethnology and Anthropology and the last years more and more Economy.

  • New Trends of Criminology and Teaching InnovationsReduction of research topicsThere is no concept on criminal policyCriminal policy is less oriented on empirical evidence more on political interests governing through crime topic of fear of crime (community crime prevention)In political expert groups criminologists are more and more the court jestersSelf censorship of scientists: They ask only what is politically accepted and permitted, especially in prison and police. There is nearly no criminological research in Germany about police or prison government only about prisoners Criminology does not take notice of neurobiologic research

  • New Trends of Criminology and Teaching InnovationsCriminal policy is more emotionalizedMore interest in security, endless demand for more security especially from politiciansMore security and crime prevention mostly is concentrated on more surveillance and more severe punishmentEspecially severe cases of crimes (child misuse primarily) are used by politicians to ask for more severe punishment, echoed by the public who is informed very biased by the media.

  • New Trends of Criminology and Teaching InnovationsIf criminology want to have an influence on crime policy the research must be good, to have good research we need well educated professionalsResearch in criminology should help to find better solutions of the crime problem, which is a natural problem, teaching should help to educate students to find new creative questions and ways to do research about these topics.

  • New Trends of Criminology and Teaching InnovationsNew Books in Criminology the last week:- Police and video controlTerrorism, especially right wingVictims against offendersIllegal immigration of people Illegal drugs and organized crimeCrime in health system Culture conflicts and crime

  • New Trends of Criminology and Teaching InnovationsSome few examples of research:Imprisonment and Treatment of offendersFear of crimeEffects of Punishment

  • Gefngnisbelegung weltweit pro 100.000 der Wohnbevlkerung, etwa 2007(von Hofer 2010, in Dnkel-Band)

  • Gefangenenraten in 19 europ. Lndern, 1935/36 und 2005/06, pro 100.000 der Bevlk. sortiert nach Gre der Differenz (v. Hover 2010, S. 35, in Dnkel u.a.)

  • Entwicklung der Gefangenenraten in mittel- und osteurop. Lndern, 1984-2009(Dnkel u.a. 2010, S. 1032)

  • Gefangenenraten in 46 europ. Lndern. Vernderungen zw. etwa 1995 und etwa 2006 (von Hofer 2010, S. 34, in Dnkel)

  • Gefangenenraten 2007/08 in verschiedenen europ. Regionen und den USA(Lappi-Seppl 2010, S. 965, in Dnkel)

  • ICVS, EU-ICS: % der Befragten, die fr Com. Service und Gefngnis stimmen fr den jugendl. Einbrecher(Kesteren 2009, S. 28)

  • Problems of Research Registered Crimes in Georgia and Denmark: 2001 - 2008

  • Problems of Research Number of registered rapes: 2001 - 2008

  • *Average victimisation level in Tbilisi and 28 other capital cities






    Capital city

    Comparison of victimisation level in Georgia and European countries. Country vs. capital city (10 crimes, one year prevalence)


    Column1CountryCapital cityColumn2

    Europe 200415.80%21.70%

    Georgia 20111.60%3%

    Georgia 20121.20%2.90%

  • *Average victimisation level in Georgia in 1993-2011 yy.The comparison is done only with 8 crimes researched in 1992-2011.







    Past 5 Years

    last year


    Average victimization level in Georgia in 1993-2011 yy. *


    Past 5 Yearslast year






    To resize chart data range, drag lower right corner of range.

  • Example for MethodologyA well known German study about acceptance of restitution (Sessar 1992) showed interesting results on the basis of a survey with a questionnaire.We could show a strong influence by the methodology of the survey.

  • Methodology5 Alternatives from private organized restitution to punishment by courtWe changed only the order of the answer alternatives: instead from lenient to harsch, from harsh to lenient:Sessar: lenient - harsh: (Kury)Robbery8,8 % (4,3) - 20,2 % (44,0)Not paying bill41,7 % (24,8) - 8,7 % (13,7)

    8 Alternatives: Robbery- (7,5) (17,5)Not paying bill- (33,3)(5,8)

  • Costs of Crime - USA

  • Costs of ImprisonmentIn Deutschland sitzen am Stichtag 30. Nov. 2008 ca. 72.200 Gefangene ein.Das kostet, bercksichtigt man nur den Mindestsatz von 75 pro Tag, etwa 5.415.000 pro Tag und pro Jahr ca. 1.976.475.000 Das sind nur die Kosten fr die Inhaftierung, nicht fr die Strafverfolgung und Aburteilung, geschweige denn die Kosten, die bei den Opfern entstanden sind. Kriminalitt ist somit eine fr die Gesellschaft ausgesprochen teuere Angelegenheit also mehr Pimrprvention? - An