Criminal by Tom Gash
The Truth About Why People Do Bad Things

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From bobbies on the beat (they don’t reduce crime: beat officers can expect to stumble across a burglary once every eight years), to the idea that – as Michael Howard put it – “prison works” (it doesn’t), Gash’s important book may well change your attitude to criminality and the justice system.
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The way we see and understand crime falls into two types of story that, in essence, have been told and retold many times throughout human history - in fiction, as in fact. Criminality is either a selfish choice, an aberration; or a forced choice, the product of social factors. These two stories continue to dominate both our views of and responses to crime. And, says Tom Gash, they are completely wrong.

In seeking to dispel the myths that surround and inform our views of crime, Criminal argues that our obsession with 'big arguments' about crime's causes can lead us to mistake individual cases as proof of universal rules. How, he asks, can we suspend our knee-jerk reactions, and begin to understand crime for what it is: as a risk that can be managed and reduced.

 

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Published May 5, 2016 by Penguin. 275 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Crime. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by PD Smith on Jun 24 2016

From bobbies on the beat (they don’t reduce crime: beat officers can expect to stumble across a burglary once every eight years), to the idea that – as Michael Howard put it – “prison works” (it doesn’t), Gash’s important book may well change your attitude to criminality and the justice system.

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