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Cesare Beccaria was an enlightenment thinker. He formed many theories on the law and punishment and even wrote a book on it. Ceasar Backaria believed that people have a rational manner and apply it to decisions. He used this base to come up with theories on why people commit crimes, how to prevent crimes, and the death penalty. However, there is evidence that his theories are true.
Cesare Beccaria, who was born on March 15, 1738, in Milan, Italy, lived in an average middle-class family. He got his primary education at a Jesuit school (Catholic School) in Parma, Italy. He did not enjoy his school experience, even then he was great at math. He received a law degree in 1758 at the University of Pavia. In 1760 he proposed to Teresa Blasco and later he had three children. He also later formed an intellectual/literary society called “The Academy of Fists”. The club was against economic disorder, bureaucratic tyranny, religious narrow-mindedness, and intellectual pedantry. They wanted economic, political and administrative reform.
Cesare’s theories came from a time were most punishments were cruel and non-effective. This inspired Beccaria to try to bring reform to the justice system. The crimes in his time would not prevent crime they would only prevent the truth from getting out. This is because the punishments were so cruel that many people would lie just to get out of the situation. Even the leaders at the time knew this, so that resulted in them actually listening to what he had to say.
His first published essay was called “On Remedies for the Monetary Disorders of Milan in the Year 1762.” Then in 1764, he published his most famous and influential essay, “On Crimes and Punishments” about his views on criminal justice. He published it anonymously for fear of backlash. However, as stated at Biography.com “In actuality, the treatise was extremely well-received. Catherine the Great publicly endorsed it, while thousands of miles away in the United States, founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and John Adams quoted it.” This shows how influential it was in government systems and also how convincing it was.
This does not mean that his ideas are true. Although they were influential to our justice systems there have been no experiments done to confirm these theories. However, many of his theories were just known truths and were just put together.
Cesare Beccaria believed that all people had a free will and a rational manner. They used this rational manner to look out for themselves. This rational manner can end up with the commission of crimes. The law’s responsibility is to stop crimes to keep-up the social contract. However, Cesare believed that humans were predictable and with the right punishment these acts could be stopped. (Roshier, pg.16).“The job of the criminal justice system is to control all deviant acts that an individual with free will and rational thought might do in the pursuit of personal pleasure. This is made easier by the fact that human actions are predictable and controllable. With the right punishment or threat, the criminal justice system can control the free-willed and rational human being.” This quote from his essay, On Crime and Punishment, shows his basic beliefs on the role of the law and the importance of finding the right punishment for a crime.
The social contract was also key to his theories and he thought that when someone agrees to be in a society with other people and not alone they have to give up some freedom to ensure the safety of the society and its residence. This is where the importance of punishment was expressed. If the punishment is effective then humans will be deterred from committing the crime or will not commit it again. When he wrote his essay on crime and punishment he believed that the criminal system was flawed and wanted to help fix it. This is why he is known as one of the great enlightenment thinkers.
The criminal justice system at the time was very biblical. People believed that if someone committed a crime that it was the devil that did it. So in many cases back then crimes were very cruel and ineffective. The brazen bull is a good example of an ineffective punishment it was too violent and Cesare argued that people would lie just to get out of it.
Beccaria also believed that to make an effective punishment it has to be consistent for everyone and it should be sentenced quickly. The accomplices should also face the same punishment. The punishment, however, should not be too extreme because people may lie just to get out of it. This was partially expressed in the Central Park five case. Five teenagers are arrested and interrogated for hours. However, they did not get any food or water. They were also constantly being yelled at without a lawyer. Finally, the detectives cracked them and they were so tired they just wanted to go home. So they lied about being apart of it. They lied because they just wanted to get out of the interrogation room. This caused the wrong people being charged and the true criminal not being found until years later. This is a good example of why if we make the punishment too intense then people will lie just to get out of it.
Beccaria theorized that the most effective way to prevent people from committing the crime is the likelihood of them getting caught going up not the punishment. But, the most effective way of stopping crime is preventing it before it happens. According to constitution.org Cesare argued that “To prevent crime a society must 1) make sure laws are clear and simple, 2) make sure that the entire nation is united in defense, 3) laws not against classes of men, but of men, 4) men must fear laws and nothing else, 5) certainty of outcome of crime, 6) member of society must have knowledge because enlightenment accompanies liberty, 7) reward virtue, 8) perfect education, and finally 9) direct the interest of the magistracy as a whole to observance rather than corruption of the laws.” This quote not only outlines what to do to prevent crime but also the causes of crime.
There are many reasons that people commit crimes. One of the main reasons people commit is a lack of education. If people are not educated well they can not get a good job and may resort to crime to get money. This is why the education system is very important. Cesare also believed that laws should be very clear and not complicated this is another way to prevent crime, inform children on laws in school. Another reason people commit crimes is due to drugs. When someone does drugs and gets addicted they will a lot to get drugs. Including committing crimes. Many times people get interested in drugs because they haven’t been properly educated about the effects. Which goes back to Beccaria’s theory that education is the best way to prevent crime.
Many of Cesare’s theories have been implemented into the American Justice system. Not only were the founding fathers greatly inspired by Beccaria’s theories. They also sometimes just used his theories straight from his essay. Constitution.org states “Some of our rights include: rules against vagueness, right to public trial, right to be judged by peers, right to dismiss certain jurors, right against unusual punishments, right to speedy trial, right to examine witnesses, coerced or tortured confessions are considered invalid, right to be informed of accused acts and the right to bear arms.” These are some of the foundational rights that came from Cesare Beccaria’s theories.
Many modern-day theories on crime and punishment came from Cesare Beccaria’s ideas. One example is people calling for prisons don’t being a punishment but rehabilitation centers. So prisons do not just take criminals off the street but make them fit to return to society. Many prisons have adult education, this is a part of Beccaria’s theory, that education is one of the best ways to prevent crime. Some prisons have taken this idea even farther by teaching prisoners music, art, or even giving them jobs. In some countries in Europe, most prisons aren’t even viewed as punishment but rehabilitation.
This, however, is not always effective, there are some people who have very severe issues and will never be suitable for society. This raises the question of how we would determine if someone is ready to go back into society, as there may be hidden signs that someone is not fit It would also be difficult for people to see a person that committed a horrendous act walking on the street again. For this justice system to work our societal views on criminals have to change to a more sympathetic point of view.
In conclusion, He formed many theories on the law and punishment and even wrote a book on it. Ceasar Backaria believed that people have a rational manner and apply it to decisions. He used this base to come up with theories on why people commit crimes, how to prevent crimes, and the death penalty. However, through my research, it is obvious that Cesare Beccaria’s theories are true.