Alternative Solutions to Crime

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  • Initial credits
  • The concept of crime: public and private harm
  • History of the development of justice systems
  • Alternative solution to crime: decriminalization
  • Consequences of an inefficient criminal justice system
  • Final credits
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Bruce Benson opens his lecture with an interesting statement: Crime is a government invention.  He talks about the evolution that the concept of crime has had over the years and explains that many of the offenses we know as crimes today were at one time in history treated not as offenses against the state but against the individuals.  He comments on some private alternatives that are practiced in the United States to manage crime, such as insurance companies and prison work programs.  He also mentions the system used in Japan, where there is a consensus between the victim and the criminal.  Finally, he mentions the idea of decriminalization as an alternative solution to crime and comments on the benefits that private security has over public security.

Bruce Benson

Bruce Benson
Bruce Benson is senior fellow at the Independent Institute, the DeVoee Moore Research Professor of Economics at Florida State University and Contributor Editor of The Independent Review. Previosly, he taught at Pennsylvania State University and Montana State University. He holds a BA and MA in Economics from University of Montanta; and a PhD in Economics from the Texas A&M University. He received the 2006 Adam Smith Award from the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) and the Liberty in Theory 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from Libertarian Alliance.

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Alternative Solutions to Crime
Bruce Benson

Aula Magna
Universidad Mariano Gálvez de Guatemala
Guatemala, March 9, 2005

New Media - UFM production. Guatemala, March 2005
Camera 1: Jorge Samayoa; camera 2: Rodrigo Escalante; digital editing: Alexander Arauz; index: Christiaan Ketelaar; GML: Pedro David España

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