Crime and delinquency

  • Gerard O’Donnell
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Part of the Macmillan Master Series book series

Abstract

The criminal law will only deal with deviant acts which have been labelled as crimes. ‘Deviancy’ is deviation from the norm (section 18.2) and is not necessarily criminal. A person may decide to live as a hermit, or they may live saintly lives within a corrupt society and seek to reform it. Such acts are likely to be deviant but not criminal.

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© Gerard O’Donnell 1994

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