Definition of penologist in US English:

penologist

noun

  • See penology

    • ‘Similarly, the study of punishment and the efficacy of the various sentencing options available to the courts is a matter for penologists to consider.’
    • ‘All the criminologist, penologist, and sociologist can get together and talk their theories and smack about recidivism and rehabilitation.’
    • ‘These American penologists recognise the ‘accidental’ criminal who falls into temptation or is led astray by bad example.’
    • ‘Now our leading penologists and criminologists are much more subtle and sophisticated.’
    • ‘It might've come as a surprise to penologists that there are so many empty cells, since the overcrowding of Britain's prisons is legendary.’

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