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Title: A deduction from the statistics of crime for the last twelve years
Author: Walsh, Richard Hussey
Keywords: Crime statistics
Issue Date: 1856
Publisher: Dublin Statistical Society
Citation: Walsh, Richard Hussey. 'A deduction from the statistics of crime for the last twelve years'. - Dublin: Dublin Statistical Society,Vol.1, Part VII, 1856, pp385-393
Series/Report no.: Journal of the Dublin Statistical Society
Vol.1, Part VII, 1856
Abstract: Both in ancient and modern times it has been generally believed that want is unfavorable to virtue, and privation (malesuada fames) an incentive to crime. But a counter-theory is now growing up, and becoming, in fact, "rather a favourite one with chaplains, magistrates, and police officials. "According to this, the belief that want is the parent of crime must be numbered among popular fallacies; and statistics are relied on to prove that prosperous years are more prolific in vice than years of distress. The Rev. Mr. John Clay, for example, chaplain of Preston gaol, countenances this view in his "Reports on Crime and its Causes" and Mr. Waddington, Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, cites, with apparent concurrence, an opinion to the same effect, in his evidence before last session's Parliamentary Committee on Transportation. The evidence upon which this doctrine is based is of a most inconclusive and unsatisfactory nature. The statistics employed relate to very limited districts, and hence it is hardly safe or fair to apply to the entire population of the country the inference they seem to lead to.
Description: Read before the Statistical Section of the British Association, Cheltenham, August 11th, 1856
ISSN: 00814776
Appears in Collections:JSSISI: 1855 to 1856, Vol. I, Journal of the Dublin Statistical Society
Archive JSSISI: 1847- Complete Collection

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