It is the nature of the specialized tasks to escape the action of the conscience collective. Conscience collective is a defensive weapon which has definite value. An act is criminal when it offends strong and defined states of the conscience collective. We do not condemn it because it is a crime, but it is a crime because it is condemned by the conscience collective.
Conscience collective is a concept associated with David Emile Durkheim, referring to the common norms, values and beliefs shared in by members of a community. Collective Conscience defines the abstract realm of a society's virtues, morals and ideals expressed through actions. Strong, well-defined states of this collective conscience are adhered to in simple societies; an action against it is seen as a crime as it deviates from the societal expectations of morality.
Conscience collective consists of beliefs and ideas that shape the structure and direction of community life, rather than just the personal interactions of individuals. Repressive sanctions are found in societies with highly defined collective conscience, as a means of penalizing anyone who acts against the grain for the mere sake of it being wrong.
Restitutive sanctions are found in societies with a lesser collective conscience, instead as a means of fixing the problem. When a criminal acts upon society he is made to serve back to society what he took away; in some forms this completed through fines, prison time, community service and death. .These sanctions are less relative to the virtue of the wrong-doing, but the impact it has upon society, simultaneously society is defending itself by setting examples of punishment to deter potential deviants.
Conscience Collective or
False Consciousness? Adornos Critique of Durkheims Sociology of Morals -
Tobias Garde Hagens, Centre for Ethics and Law, Denmark