The 2006 Stockholm Prize in Criminology was awarded to Professors John Braithwaite of Australian National University and Friedrich Lösel of Cambridge University for their theoretical and empirical predictions about policies for preventing repeat offending. The independent scientific jury selecting the winners of the first Stockholm Prize took special note of Braithwaite's influential theories of "reintegrative shaming" and "responsive regulation," and of Lösel's systematic reviews of empirical evidence on the effectiveness of correctional treatment. The jury cited both the scientific excellence of the work and its increasing influence on public policies likely to reduce crime and advance human rights. The winners shared the Prize amount of 1 million Swedish Kronor.

Friedrich Lösel and John Braithwaite. Winners of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology 2006.
Friedrich Lösel and John Braithwaite. Photo: BRÅ.

About Friedrich Lösel

Professor Lösel is a German citizen who is currently Director of the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge. He spent much of his career at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he was Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute of Psychology. His early work included a randomized field experiment in a German prison, where he demonstrated the effectiveness of a training program for prison staff in treating inmates with greater human dignity. His subsequent work demonstrated the fallacy of the "nothing works" view of rehabilitation programs for convicted offenders. In a series of systematic analyses of hundreds of independent studies, he discovered clear evidence for the effectiveness of a range of rehabilitation programs for different kinds of offenders, including sex offenders. The overall conclusion of his work can be described as this: repeat offending can be reduced more effectively by providing rehabilitation programs for convicted offenders than by simply "warehousing" offenders in prisons, or releasing them back to the community without adequate programs to help them obey the law.

About John Braithwaite

Professor Braithwaite is an Australian citizen who is the founder of the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Research School for Social Sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra. His 1989 book, CRIME, SHAME AND REINTEGRATION predic­ted that offenders will commit fewer repeat crimes if they feel remorse after being confronted with the harm they have caused, and are allowed to express that remorse as a condition of reintegration into society. This theory of "reintegrative shaming" has spawned a wide range of policies and empirical tests, much of which has been developed as part of a global social movement for "restorative justice." His 2002 book, RESTORATIVE JUSTICE & RESPONSIVE REGULATION, reviews the empirical tests of his theories and their implications for better public policies to reduce repeat offending. His work provides an alternative framework to punishment for its own sake, with a broad range of strategies for increasing former offenders' compliance with the law.

The 2006 Prize was presented to the winners in a ceremony at the City Hall in Stockholm on June 16, 2006, as part of the first three-day annu­al Stockholm Criminology Symposium, hosted by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention and the Stockholm University in conjunction with the International Society of Criminology and national societies of criminology from many countries.