Assessing the Harms of Crime: Rationale, Methodology, Findings & Policy Uses
|Dates:||20 February 2018|
|Times:||16:30 - 17:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Law|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
CCCJ Seminar Programme 2017/18 (in collaboration with Methods@Manchester)
No concept, other than that of crime itself, arguably plays such a central role in so many realms of penal policy as harm. For most criminal lawyers, harm constitutes a, if not the, reason why most actions we now call ‘crimes’ have been criminalised. Although not always explicit, considerations about the harms of crime have also an important place in theories and policy decisions on sentencing, priority-setting in crime control, victim assistance, and restorative justice. Despite the centrality of harm to crime and crime control policy, the empirical, systematic assessment of the harms of crime has long remained a lacuna within criminology and the public debate on crime control.
Against this background, my lecture will:
Strengthen the case for "harm," by demonstrating its centrality to crime, criminal justice and security policies;
Present 'The Harm Assessment Framework', the methodology I have developed with Dr Victoria Greenfield to operationalize harms and the first, promising applications of such methodology;
And discuss the policy uses of this new strand of research, showing that it can contribute to development of better—i.e., more humane, accountable and (cost)-effective—crime control policies.
Role: Professor of Criminology
Organisation: University of Leuven
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