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About the author:
William Douglas Morrison, criminologist and prison chaplain, was born at Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, on May 15th, 1852, and educated at nearby Trinity Theological College, located in Scotland and now known as Glenalmond.
He was ordained deacon in 1877 and then a priest in 1878 by the bishop of Ripon, and in 1883 was appointed assistant chaplain at Wakefield Prison in 1883, which was built in 1594, is still in use as a maximum security facility and popularly referred to as "Monster Mansion."
Four years later Morrison was transferred to the more modern Wandsworth Prison in South London 17 Heathfield road, built in 1851, where he wrote this book and also drew attention to the plight of Oscar Wilde, playing a part in getting Wilde transferred from Wandsworth to better conditions at Reading jail, where Wilde wrote "the Ballad of Reading Jail."
The combination of Morrison's education, practical experience and voracious reading, he turned him into one of the foremost authorities on crime and prisons in the country.
In 1898 Morrison left the prison service and over the next ten years was a member of staff first of the Daily Chronicle and then of The Nation. He edited four religious works but still continued to write on criminological themes, publishing his last article in the Sociological Review in 1908. In that year he obtained the crown living of St Marylebone, a post which he held until 1941. He was knocked down and killed by a motorcycle on December 13th, 1943, at the age of ninety-one.
Crime And Its Causes
From The Magic Lamp Classic Crime Series
William Douglas Morrison
This book is a must-read for any person seriously interested in criminology, because it presents one of the first complete compilations of studies on relationships between criminals and the rest of society.
The list of chapters alone provides a glimpse into the types of statistics that were gathered throughout several European countries that categorized their confined inmates, and also shows trends and numbers of trials and convictions. They include:
Climate & Crime;
The Seasons & Crime;
Destitution & Crime;
Poverty & Crime;
Sex, Age & Crime;
The Criminal Body and Mind & Crime;
The Punishment of Crime.
Morrison doesn't leave any stone unturned: the reader will even learn the average height and weight of criminals as compared to those of the upper class and middle working class citizens of London in the late 1800's, and should be a valuable tool for comparison to our present-day prison systems and statistics
- Publication Date:
- 1882629809 / 9781882629800
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Law / Criminal Law / Sentencing