“the Most Influential American Criminologist of His Time”

Pioneering criminologist and novelist, Norval Morris, has died in Chicago aged 80. Born in Auckland, Morris studied in Australia, France, and England before embarking on his 30-year academic career at the University of Chicago in 1964. As well as penning numerous acclaimed works of non-fiction and fiction, Morris founded the Melbourne University Criminology Department, the UN Institute in Tokyo, the Centre for Criminal Studies in Chicago, and the world’s preeminent criminology journal, Crime and Justice: A Review of Research. According to the Guardian, “He was an institution-builder of unmatched influence, and his ideas about punishment have transformed the ways people think.”

Norval Morris: October 1 1923 – February 21 2004


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