from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Producing or tending to produce crime or criminality: "Alcohol is the most criminogenic substance in America” ( James B. Jacobs).

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  • adj. tending to produce crime or criminals


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criminal +‎ -genic


  • BILL MOYERS: I read an essay last night where you describe what you call a criminogenic environment.

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  • Moreover, they were not perpetrated by isolated actors, but were part of what Bill Black calls a criminogenic environment.

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  • Other evidence suggests the company's accounting system helps it hide a pattern of activities that might be described as criminogenic, including those Cayman Islands brass-plate subsidiaries (like the one used to do business in Iran) and the lawsuit by former employees alleging the accounting fraud goes much deeper.

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  • "And a lot of these products are criminogenic - in other words, they are naturally attractive to criminals because designers make these gadgets look sexy."

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  • Worse than that, they insist on using long words like "criminogenic".

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  • This dynamic is what has led leading corporate crime experts to describe corporations as "criminogenic" cultures.

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  • Liar's loans are "criminogenic" (they create epidemics of mortgage fraud) because they create strong incentives to provide false information on loan applications.

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  • For example, he repeatedly refers to the experience of imprisonment as "criminogenic," that is to say, that criminals sent to prison become even more criminal as a result of contact with worse or more experienced criminals than they.

  • The environment from the top of the chain - derivatives gang leaders - to the bottom of the chain - subprime, no-doc loan officers - became "criminogenic," Black says.

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  • Wikstrom and Svensson's analysis indicates that not only are there more youths with higher levels of crime propensity in Peterborough compared to Eskilstuna but they also have lifestyles that are more 'criminogenic', i.e., they do things that put them into risky settings, which are more likely to prompt or facilitate criminal behaviour.

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