Short Essay Assignment #2 Criminologist Interview

Short Essay Assignment #2 Criminologist Interview - Theory...

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Dr. Cronin Reflection Essay #2 April 7, 2008 Rstreet07@ndc.edu Criminologist Interview: Explaining Trends in Violent crimes The Recent trends in violent crime can be explained using many different criminological theories. The theories can show that the connection in the decrease in violent crime is directly related to the increase of other non-violent crimes. Through the Theories of Crime Causation one could explain how these two factors are connected and how it applies to the decrease in violent crime. Furthermore through understanding the theories a criminologist could provide examples of how the theory applies to a criminal in a particular situation. The Rational Choice Theory can firstly be used to describe the decrease in violent crime. Choice theory is one of the easiest theories for the common population to understand; it simply states that “law violating behavior is the product of careful planning. Offenders choose crime after considering both personal…and situational factors. .. Before deciding to commit a crime, the reasoning criminal evaluates the risk of apprehension, the seriousness of the expected punishment, the potential value or benefit of the criminal expertise, his or her ability to succeed, and the need for criminal gain.” (siegel, 2008). Using this theory once could infer that the criminal(s) weight out the cost of committing a violent crime and decided that the likelihood of getting caught and the punishment that they will endure is too much of a risk and this defers
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This essay was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course PO 235 taught by Professor Cronin during the Spring '08 term at Notre Dame OH.

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