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Michael Rocque, Brandon C. Welsh & Adrian Raine

In: The Nurture Versus Biosocial Debate in Criminology: On the Origins of Criminal Behavior and Criminality

Chapter 26: Policy Implications of Biosocial Criminology: Crime Prevention and Offender Rehabilitation

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Policy Implications of Biosocial Criminology: Crime Prevention and Offender Rehabilitation
Policy implications of biosocial criminology: Crime prevention and offender rehabilitation
MichaelRocqueMaine Department of Corrections
Brandon C.WelshNortheastern University
AdrianRaineUniversity of Pennsylvania
Introduction

A long-standing concern that many sociological criminologists have had with biological or biosocial theories has centered on the policy implications of this perspective. This is understandable given the history of criminology, which emerged from relatively undeveloped (and biased) biological understandings of behavior.

The misunderstanding of the role biology plays with respect to crime and other maladaptive behaviors, along with a strong dose of racism, led to policy implications that are considered unethical and morally repugnant by today's standards. In the late 19th and early 20th century, biological crime prevention emphasized the use of eugenics. For example, physician Charles V. ...

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