Lombroso's legacy: The miseducation of criminologists

John P. Wright, Kevin M. Beaver, Matt DeLisi, Michael G. Vaughn, Danielle Boisvert, Jamie Vaske

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This study examines the extent to which criminal justice and criminology Ph.D. students are exposed to contemporary biological and genetic findings associated with aggression and violence. Drawing on multiple sources of information, we find little evidence showing that Ph.D. students are exposed to any biological research on crime and offending. We examine the consequences for this "trained incompetence" and offer suggestions for remedying this deficiency. If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. (John Stuart Mill).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-338
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Nov 24


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Law

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