Theorizing the Nature of Crime

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Back ground on Torture

The Body of the Condemned

  • Shift of public executions to prison rules
    • p. 6- Rules of young prisoners in Paris
  • late 1700s modern penal systems came to be
  • Beginning of the modern “stereotypical” prisoner
  • p.11 “one no longer touched the body”
    • machines like the guillotine made executions impersonal, elmination of pain
      • p. 15 created a new ethic of legal execution, and moved inside to be made in accessible to the public
  • This time period only looks at the person, not motive, and other reasons why a person committed a crime
    • p.19 “soul”
  • Graphic detail
    • p. 3 and p.12
  • black veil= a way of justifying the execution
    • .p13 (bottom) - 14 (top)
  • England was the one who hate the public executions the most
  • The revolutionary period during 1760-1840 saw a decrease in tourtue
  • More “humanity”
    • Why do you think it shifted from a show to a world debate
  • Shifted towards the soul
  • Shifted into the more investigative side, not just the crime committed
    • questioning everything
  • Madness, and pleading insanity
  • Psychiatric side of crime, where criminals could get off on pleading Insanity
    • .Are they a threat to society, can one really be cured?
  • Idea of grace somewhat disappears, it wasn’t a big religious thing anymore
  • body now has more conscious? Political
  • p 30 “ The soul is the effect and instrument of a political anatomy

The Spectacle of the Scaffold

  • Ordinance of 1670
    • regulate
  • Hierarchy of the penalties:
    • p32
  • Public torture and execution was not the most popular
    • majority were banishment or fines
    • most readings are misleading
  • pain must be calculated
    • p33-34
    • even after torture continued
    • “penal torture” did not cover corporal punishment
  • Death penalty? How its changed
  • Evidence: “penal arithmetic”
  • proof
  • confessions
    • connected through proof
  • No innocent until proven guilty, only semi-guilty
  • Views on the public eye,
    • guilty man proclaim to the public of his crime
    • public acknowledgement
    • public exhibition of the corpse
      • Civil rights lynching
      • 1936 last public execution
    • torture was slow and painful
    • political ritual
  • turns from a ritual to a tradition
    • p48 coronation of a King
  • p.49 the public execution did not re-establish…
  • p50
  • Executioner was liable for punishment if he was not able to kill on the first blow
    • sense of grace?
  • torture became a legal practice, showed they were powerful and showed the truth of what happened
  • The Enlightenment condemned torture p55-56
  • You shouldn’t have more blood on your hands than they did, created a line for the punishment
    • = punishment for =crime
  • everyone was fascinated by the public execution, p58 “Bring us back our gallows”
  • p. 60 that’s why the crowd was there
  • Riots to protest to save people from executions p. 62-65, right around the revolutionary era
  • glorified the criminal after the fact
    • even today