The industrial criminal
In Cesare Lombroso's book:L'uomo deliquente (1876) we read about the physical characteristics of the Criminal Man..In ''The industrial criminal'' ,we argue that like motor cars,criminals in Africa are produced through a well organized and functionally oiled ''assembly line''.This makes crime a lucrative industry-a source of revenue,free labour for public and private works and one of the leading employres.This is because the modern state in Africa is parasitic and finds the maintenance of such a lucrative industry quite attractive.The African state is at war with society;but while the state the state,through the monopoly of the use of brute force,has succeeded in emasculating the basic institutions in the interest of the ruling clique,the resistance of the economically improverished and socially marginalized citizenry is projected in the rising crime rate.Thus the problem in Africa is the parasitic state and not the legal system which is,together with the police and prisons,just a machinery for the industrial production of criminals.As a solution,reform the state and the legal system will have top adapt.
University of Nairobi
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