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Behavior of Criminal Law Explain the underlying approaches/assumptions for the “behavior of criminal law” school of thought. The school of thought on the behavior of criminal law talks about three main ideas. Crime is done by free will, there are some kinds of outside influences on the individual, and some things are considered criminal based on how the law was written. The idea of free will implies that a criminal, after seeing some advantageous opportunity, will choose based on greed or some rationale, to commit the crime. He knows the risk, he understands the consequences, but his rationale tell him to do it, and he has the free will to do so. The outside influences approach means that a person commits crime based on something in the environment that had
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Unformatted text preview: this person not been affected by such factors, he or she would not have committed the crime. When someone is poor and cannot afford food, stealing is caused by the outside influence to survive. Also, the way the law is written determines if something is a crime or not. Many societies view the same acts as both criminal and socially demanded. For example, incest is illegal in the United States, but other countries may use it as a way to teach kids about sex. Just because Americans see it as gross, we deem it criminal. Other countries see it as the best way to teach kids about sex, so they do not deem it as criminal. It is simply our own culture’s view of what is criminal and what is not, and this is reflected in the laws we use....
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