Criminality and Recidivism in Les Mis

Jean Valjean suspects a self-fulfilling prophecy that weights the scales of justice toward recidivism and repeat offense:

Le nom de Jean Valjean l’accable et semble dispenser de preuves. Les procureurs du roi n’agissent-ils pas habituellement ainsi? On le croit voleur, parce qu’on le sait forçat (Tome I, Ch. 3).

 

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