Center for Public Criminology

The panopticon concept was pioneered and developed by philosopher Jeremy Bentham, who was inspired by his brother’s method of supervising workers in a factory.

The idea, which could theoretically be implemented in not only prisons, but hospitals and schools, is a circular building with a central tower and cells occupying the outer wall. Prisoners would not be able to tell when they were being watched from the tower, and according to Bentham’s theory, would therefore take care to discipline themselves.

Crime ranks among the most important and intractable problems in American society. Issues related to crime and criminal justice receive significant attention from the research community. The Center for Public Criminology translates evidence-based knowledge into policy and action to drive solutions. Like the panopticon concept where surveillance is pervasive, harnessing the power of technology, we can produce change and disseminate knowledge quickly. 

Center Highlights

Dr. Lois JamesDr. Lois James is an assistant professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing. As a core faculty member in WSU's Sleep and Performance Research Center, Dr.

Center of Public Criminology Director Scott Decker co-authored a study examining whether "de-policing," or withdrawal from active police work, had occurred in Missouri police departments after protests in Ferguson, Missouri following the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Edward MaguireDr. Edward Maguire is a professor in the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice. He has written or edited three books and more than 70 journal articles and book chapters on various themes related to policing, violence, organization theory, and social science methodology.

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