Crime: Its Cause and Treatment


Read by Peter Yearsley

(4.8 stars; 5 reviews)

Clarence Darrow was an American lawyer. He remains notable for his wit and agnosticism, which marked him as one of the most famous American lawyers and civil libertarians. In this book, Darrow expands on his lifelong contention that psychological, physical, and environmental influences—not a conscious choice between right and wrong—control human behavior. To my ears (the reader's), the author has a rather simplistic behaviourist view of human behaviour, but he argues his position with wonderful clarity. Darrow is coherently critical of conspiracy laws, of the creation of laws by the powerful (and consequently the definition of "crime" by that group) .... and his views on the machinery of "justice" and on how criminals are treated are still very relevant. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia.) (7 hr 44 min)

Chapters

Preface; Chapter 1: What is Crime? 21:16 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 2: Purpose of Punishment 28:33 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 3: Responsibility for Crime 14:16 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 4: Environment 5:21 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 5: Adjusting Heredity and Environment 4:46 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 6: Psychology of Criminal Conduct 20:28 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 7: The Criminal 22:48 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 8: The Female Criminal 5:27 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 9: Juvenile Criminals 9:19 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 10: Homicide 11:11 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 11: Sex Crimes 5:23 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 12: Robbery and Burglary 2:23 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 13: Man as a Predatory Animal 11:31 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 14: Crimes against Property 11:44 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 15: Attitude of the Criminal 11:55 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 16: The Law and the Criminal 23:21 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 17: Repealing Laws 6:33 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 18: Is Crime Increasing? 14:22 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 19: Medical Experts 11:04 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 20: Punishment 12:59 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 21: The Effect of Punishment on Others 5:26 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 22: Evolution of Punishment 7:39 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 23: Capital Punishment 10:19 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 24: Stigmata of the Criminal 8:53 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 25: The Good in Criminals 7:10 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 26: The Defective and Insane 16:46 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 27: Social Control 17:11 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 28: Industrialism and Crime 17:17 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 29: War and Crime 13:31 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 30: Civilization and Crime 15:57 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 31: The Convict 4:39 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 32: Isolation and Sterilization 27:49 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 33: Crime, Disease and Accident 7:22 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 34: Luck and Chance 12:38 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 35: Pardons and Paroles 15:55 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter 36: Remedies 21:22 Read by Peter Yearsley

Reviews

Neither dry nor dull.

(5 stars)

Quite compelling, especially as read by Peter Yearsley.

A serious presentation of the issue.

(4 stars)