- the study of the punishment of crime, in both its deterrent and its reformatory aspects.
- the study of the management of prisons.
Origin of penology
Examples from the Web for penologist
We shall have the author of Jack Sheppard start as a penologist soon.The Cockaynes in Paris
The last is well known to every penologist and explicable in general psychological terms.Criminal Psychology
When his opportunity came, his audience did not consist of judge or jury, doctor, lawyer or penologist.This Crowded Earth
- the branch of the social sciences concerned with the punishment of crime
- the science of prison management
Word Origin and History for penologist
"study of punishment and crime prevention," 1838, coined apparently by Francis Lieber, corresponding member of the Philadephia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons, from pen- as in penitentiary (ultimately from Latin poena "penalty, punishment;" see penal) + -ology "study of." Related: Penologist; penological.