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March 13, 2012

Why global warming (like everything else) is really a criminal justice issue

As my students (and reader of this blog) often hear from me, I see any and every issue of public policy concern to really be a crime and punishment issue in some way. For those who might be inclined to doubt this global (and self-serving) persepctive, I cannot help but spotlight this article I came across in the February 2012 issue of Theoretical Criminology. The article is headlined "Dire forecast: A theoretical model of the impact of climate change on crime," and here is the abstract:

After providing an overview of climate change and its effects, this article draws on the leading crime theories to discuss the potential impact of climate change on crime.  It is argued that climate change will increase strain, reduce social control, weaken social support, foster beliefs favorable to crime, contribute to traits conducive to crime, increase certain opportunities for crime, and create social conflict.  An overall model of climate change and crime is then presented, along with suggestions for research.  Even though neglected by criminologists, there is good reason to believe that climate change will become one of the major forces driving crime as the century progresses.

I have often (seriously) urged public policy makers to pitch government spending on education as a form of investment in crime reduction, and this article leads me to (jokingly) urge climate change advocates to consider seizing upon a "tough on crime" mantra.

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"I know that history at all times draws/the strangest consequence from remotest cause."

For some odd reason when I Goggle this phrase it comes up on several websites as being by that mysterious character: anonymous. Actually, it's from a play by T.S. Eliot written in the 40s. Perhaps he stole it from somewhere else (he did a lot of stealing, that one).

Posted by: justmeagain | Mar 13, 2012 8:50:17 PM

|| February 2012 issue of Theoretical Criminology ||
"Dire forecast: A *theoretical* model of the impact of climate change on crime"

"Theoretical" is the key word.

--} Oh ja, it's always "dire", to justify the need for a program, or progressive policy.

"I see any & every issue of public policy concern to really be a crime and punishment issue in some way."~D. Berman

--} Uh huh, if your only tool is a hammer, every problem becomes a nail.

Even the most myopic fundamentalist does not use his Bible for a hammer.
In other words, all issues do not meld together unless you're high on drugs—or intellectually lazy,
which, of course describes Al Gore among others.

Posted by: Adamakis | Mar 14, 2012 2:39:43 PM

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