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Bentham on Preventive Police: The Calendar of Delinquency in Evaluation of Policy and the Police Gazette in Manipulation of Opinion

Quinn, M; (2019) Bentham on Preventive Police: The Calendar of Delinquency in Evaluation of Policy and the Police Gazette in Manipulation of Opinion. International Criminal Justice Review 10.1177/1057567719827343. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

In 1798–1799 Bentham lent his services to Patrick Colquhoun in drafting Bills to regularize the new Thames Police Office and to establish a Central Board of Police. While recognizing Colquhoun as the ‘author of the system’, Bentham brought his own utilitarian philosophy to bear on the task, and his arguments shed light on the twin role of licensing in both providing the finance necessary for an expansion of police, and in generating a flow of information for use in deterring, detecting and apprehending criminals. The Police Gazette and the Calendar of Delinquency were to be official publications of the proposed Board of Police, which combined the promulgation of information (thus increasing public knowledge through the understanding) with the effort to mould public opinion (thus influencing the will). Dissemination of facts provided grist to the existing moral sanction’s mill, and facilitated co-operation between the people and the agents of penal law. In reaction to anxiety about contagion from revolutionary France, Bentham also explicitly seeks to guide and direct public opinion, thus connecting his police writings directly with the esoteric elements of indirect legislation.

Type: Article
Title: Bentham on Preventive Police: The Calendar of Delinquency in Evaluation of Policy and the Police Gazette in Manipulation of Opinion
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1057567719827343
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1057567719827343
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Bentham, Colquhoun, Indirect Legislation, Police, Prevention., Bentham, Colquhoun, Indirect Legislation, Police, Prevention
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws > The Bentham Project
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10060730
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