By Sir Leon Radzinowicz
Sir Leon Radzinowicz is among the key figures within the improvement of criminology within the 20th century. This account of the advance of criminology intertwines his own narrative as a criminologist with the development of criminology itself. His adventure received from a occupation which has spanned 70 years because the Twenties, bargains a profound review of the way the certainty of crime and criminals, of legal justice structures and penology has replaced, and of the tensions and dilemmas those pose for democratic societies.
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As a general rule only an abnormal person could contemplate the killing of Il Duce and that person should therefore be declared insane and sent to a mental institution. But a person who happened to be clearly politically motivated should be sentenced to death and put to death. All his life Ferri had been in favour of the total abolition of capital punishment but in 1926 he postulated a differentiation. There should still be no capital punishment for any common offence, including murder, but it could be justified in certain cases as an extreme and exceptional remedy in response to abnormal conditions prevailing in a society at a particular stage.
This was followed by the publication of a splendid volume In Onore di Enrico Ferri, containing articles from fifty authors and a list of over five hundred personalities from all over the world who wished to pay a tribute to him. Soon afterwards, on 2 April 1929, Ferri died at the age of seventy-three. I understand that, unlike his turbulent life, his passing away was peaceful. 25 2 FROM AN ACTIVE VOLCANO TO A WELL-ORDERED SCENERY Return to Geneva The title I have chosen for this chapter reflects a personal feeling that got hold of me almost immediately on my return to Geneva.
And not so much later a mass of humanity was to be annihilated by evil forces in their seemingly insuperable ascendancy. The basic tenor and bent of my lecture stood in striking contrast to the political and penal climate then prevailing not only in the Canton of Geneva but in Switzerland as a whole. Professor Logoz was not an exception, and yet this did not hinder him in the slightest from promoting my academic career. 1 Paul Logoz continued to lead a serene and eminently useful life, first as the Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal 1 Le Problème de la population en France (Marcel Rivière, Paris, 1929).
Adventures in Criminology by Sir Leon Radzinowicz