25 Isr. L. Rev. 681 (1991)
The Abolitionist Case: Alternative Crime Policies

handle is hein.journals/israel25 and id is 689 raw text is: ALTERNATIVES TO PUNISHMENT

Louk Hulsman*
I. Introduction
A. Some important themes and concepts in an abolitionist analysis1
We are inclined to consider criminal events as exceptional, events
which differ to an important extent from other events which are not
defined as criminal. In the conventional view, criminal conduct is
considered to be the most important cause of these events. Criminals
are -  in this view -   a special category of people, and the exceptional
nature of criminal conduct, and/or the criminal, justify the special
nature of the reaction against it.
People who are involved in criminal events, however, do not in
themselves appear to form a special category. Those who are officially
recorded as criminal constitute only a small part of those involved in
*   Professor Emeritus in Criminal Law and Criminology, Erasmus University, Rotter-
1   For recent literature on the abolitionist perspective in the English language see:
(1986) 10 Contemporary Crisis 3-106; H. Bianchi and R. van Swaaningen, ed., Abo-
litionism, Towards a Non-repressive Approach to Crime (Amsterdam, Free Univer-
sity Press, 1986); J. R. Blad, H. van Mastrigt, and N. Uildriks, eds., The Criminal
Justice System as a Social Problem: An Abolitionist Perspective (Rotterdam, Med-
edelingen van het Juridisch Instituut van de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, nr.
36, 1987); J. R. Blad, H. van Mastrigt, and N. Uldriks, eds., Social Problems and
Criminal Justice (Rotterdam, Mededelingen van het Juridisch Instituut van de
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, nr. 37, 1987) W. de Haan, The Politics of Redress:
Crime, Punishment and Penal Abolition (London, Unwin Hyman, 1990).

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