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There is certainly some sociology out there on the "amplification of deviance" which argues that the presence of a large security industry dependent on the continuance of crime creates a situation where at least some crimes are created just to keep the industry expanding and "profitable".  Parliaments create a lot more new laws than they annul, legal precedents/rulings are creating new "offenses" all the time,  enforcement procedures can have the effect of turning innocent bystanders or minor offenders into more serious ones, Jails are "universities of crime" where prisoners are socialised into a criminal subculture etc. etc.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jan 4th, 2008 at 04:47:58 PM EST
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