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Definition of Penology

(noun) The branch of criminology concerned with prisons and prisoners.

Example of Penology

  • Interviewing prisoners on conditions at the facility they are in.

Penology Pronunciation

Usage Notes

  • Plural: penologies
  • Variant spelling: poenology
  • A (noun) penologist studies (adjective) penologic or (adjective) penologistic or (adjective) penological data to understand prisons (adverb) penologically.

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Works Consulted

Briggs, Steven M., and Joan Friedman. 2009. Criminology For Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

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Cite the Definition of Penology

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “penology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 20, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/penology/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

penology. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/penology/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “penology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 20, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/penology/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“penology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 20 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/penology/>.