Criminal Intent-Summary

Criminal Intent-Summary - John Bowen Nancy Carol Steelman...

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John Bowen 1 Nancy Carol Steelman Analysis and Evaluation of an Argument Essay- 4.5 November 8, 2006 What causes people to do the things they do? What makes a criminal a criminal? Nature v Nurture, or are there other causes at root. It is the never ending quest for humans to find the cause for every effect. The author’s from Freakonomics and The Tipping Point believe they have found the solutions to the never-ending problems of criminal behavior. While one points to another solution, another embraces the broken windows theory as a huge success for crime dropping. In the chapter, “Where have all the criminals gone?” from Freakonomics , the author tries to shed light of some of the reasons people think the crime rate lowered. He begins by immediately refuting one of the more common arguments that was a strong economy helped with the lower crime rate. He points out statistical evidence showing that this justification simply was not true. He pointed to facts such as when crime rose in the 1960’s, so did the economy. The author does an excellent job of repudiating it and quickly leads the reader to stop believing the argument. Harsher prison sentencing is a large factor, the author says, in the drop in crime. He points to statistical evidence of a drop in crime when harsher prison sentences are implemented. He does an excellent job of using facts to back up his argument. However, he directly assesses
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