House Republicans Try to Create the World’s Worst Criminogenic Environment

June 2012

Henry Pontell, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was recently quoted in the NY Times Examiner in an article by William Black. Black writes, "In criminology, we recognize that one of the leading restraints on the effectiveness of law enforcement is “systems capacity.” Indeed, my mentor, Henry Pontell, defined the concept. In the context of crimes of the street (other than Wall Street), there is normally no lobby trying to allow the typically lower class criminals to commit their crimes with impunity. In crimes of the business suites, however, it is the norm that there are well-funded, powerful, and seemingly legitimate lobbyists for the elite criminals who seek to allow them to commit their crimes with impunity."

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