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Paraphrase what the text reveals about gender, class and race as they relate to crime. “According to the UCR for 2007, the arrest ratio is more than 3 male offenders to 1 female offender.66” (Adler, 2013). Essentially since the 60’s females have always accounted for fewer arrests than males but the rates have risen since. More and more females are committing crimes but those numbers still don’t come close to the arrest rates of males. What I find really interesting comes from figure 2.8 juvenile male and female arrest trends. At first glance, the line graphs look similar, with the lines waving almost the same. However, even though the graphs show statistics based off 100,000 people each, the male graph are 2.5 times more. For example, robbery shows both graphs looking almost the same but includes number of people starting at 50 and goes up to 400 in increments of 50, where the female graph goes from 5 to 40 in increments of 5. The text reveals statistics that African Americans are arrested more than White Americans. The text also brings up a few different questions based on different views, mainly revolving around potential racial biased. If you’re going by the statistics, then it is clear that African Americans are committing more crimes. However, you can’t just say, oh this person is African American, so he is going to commit crimes. I believe in this case there is more that adds to this, whether it’s where they live or if racial bias is actually present in most of the arrests. “Researchers agree on the importance of age and gender as factors related to crime, but they disagree strongly about whether social class is related to crime.” (Adler, 2013). The text states that there could be different ways “lower class” is actually defined; I believe that a class is defined by income. Just like race and gender, there are still opinions that the police are biased and will more than likely arrest a lower- class suspect than a middle-class suspect. Adler, F., Mueller, O. W. G., Laufer, S. W. (2013). Criminology, (8th ed.). McGraw-Hill Companies. Retrieved from www.vitalsource.com Describe some of the biological and psychological perspectives of explaining crime.
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