- 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 penological
You may think crucifixion has gone out of penological style.Barbarism Watch: Saudi Arabia Still Uses Crucifixion
March 8, 2013
This is in itself a clear evidence of the demand that exists for penological reform.A Plea for the Criminal
James Leslie Allan Kayll
- the branch of the social sciences concerned with the punishment of crime
- the science of prison management
Word Origin and History for penological
"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.