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Ernest W. Burgess and Parole Prediction

Ernest W. Burgess and Parole Prediction

Chapter:
(p.47) Chapter Two Ernest W. Burgess and Parole Prediction
Source:
Against Prediction
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226315997.003.0003

This chapter explores the birth of the actuarial in American criminal law, focusing on the development and use of the first actuarial instrument by Ernest W. Burgess in the late 1920s. Drawing on sociology's new statistical rigor, Burgess helped refocus the study of sociology on the individual and was a leading figure in the structural transformation that took place in the discipline during the 1930s and 1940s.

Keywords:   actuarial methods, criminal law, Ernest W. Burgess, sociology, parole

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