Penology (Meaning, definition, Characteristics)

Penology (Meaning, definition, Characteristics)

Penology (Meaning, definition, Characteristics)

What is Penology? What are its characteristics?

Penology is the study of punishment in its relation to crime. It is a science which deals with the principles and methods of punishments. Penology is beleived to  be a sociology that deals with the theory and methods of punishment of crimes.

Penologist Dr.P.K. Sen defines it saying – “Penology lay down the fundamental principles that should guide the State, or the sovereign authority in framing the schemes of punishments”.

Characteristic Features of Penology –

  1. Penology is a science that deals with the principles and methods of punishments.
  2. Under Penology, the criminals are punished on a rational basis.
  3. Penology reflects the State policies.
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