the study of the punishment of crime, in both its deterrent and its reformatory aspects.
the study of the management of prisons.
- pe·no·log·i·cal [peen-l-oj-i-kuhl], /ˌpin lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjective
- pe·nol·o·gist, noun
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How to use penology in a sentence
There are experts who write on penology, and I read them as well.
This message from my pen is not a work on criminology or penology.After Prison - What? | Maud Ballington Booth
Incipient criminals usually started their infamous careers that way; you could read that in any book on penology.By Advice of Counsel | Arthur Train
The science of the phenomena of crime is called criminology, that of punishment is named penology.Society | Henry Kalloch Rowe
The new penology covers the investigation and study of every circumstance surrounding the criminal as such.A Plea for the Criminal | James Leslie Allan Kayll
As has been stated in a previous chapter, the new penology repudiates all such systems.A Plea for the Criminal | James Leslie Allan Kayll
British Dictionary definitions for penology
the branch of the social sciences concerned with the punishment of crime
the science of prison management
- Also called: poenology
- penological (ˌpiːnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjective
- penologically, adverb
- penologist, noun
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