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Penology is the subfield of jurisprudence concerned with criminal law, comprising both the evaluation, depiction, and interpretation of current law, and historical, theoretical, and philosophical reflections on criminality and punishment. Leading exponents of penology are generally university professors, but professionals in the legal system such as judges and attorneys also take part in the scholarly discussion.

The modern dichotomy between penologists at institutions of higher education and practitioners active predominantly at courts is unhelpf…

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Kesper-Biermann, Sylvia, “Penology”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_028355>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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