… moral sense and were more predisposed to crime because of their impulsiveness, fickleness, puerile vanity, love for external appearance and triviality.
Lombrosos writings had a strong influence on the late 19th century growth of criminal sociology, as seen in texts like Dugdales The Jukes and Goddards The Kallilaks Family. These books were seen as proof that criminal behavior ran in families. Todays criminal system, however, regards crime as a rational choice rather than involuntary behavior.
However, even if Lombrosos writings have been disproven, he is credited with introducing scientific study to the field of criminology. In addition, the studies conducted to discredit Lombrosos work have also contributed to the dominance of rational choice and the role of environmental factors in causing crime.
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