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Unformatted text preview: -First scientific approach to crime- fruit if the enlightenment -Ideas are at the foundation of nearly all modern criminal justice The philosophy of classical theory -Thomas Hobbes and the social contract -Man is assumed to be a rational actor- utility maximizer Classical theory defined -In order to deter crime penalties must be made known and applied with o Swiftness o Severity- imposed with just enough cots to out way the benefits of crime o Certainty- *most important Aimed at general and specific deterrence Classical theory in our legal institutions -Mesn rea and actuse reus -Right to a speedy trial -Law is to be applied equally -Punishment designed to fit the crime, not the criminal...
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- Fall '11
- Law, criminal law, classical theory