Criminal Justice Study Guide_Test 1

Criminal Justice Study Guide_Test 1 - Criminal Justice:...

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Criminal Justice: Week 1 Teacher’s name: Elizabeth Hardeman Beach, J.D. Best way to reach the teacher outside of class is at her Tarrant County Email: ehbeach@tarrantcounty.com What are some obvious controversial topics in criminal justice today? Capital Punishment -Means of execution -Risk of a mistake DNA testing -The probability of DNA testing leading to innocent people to be imprisoned. -Eyewitness testimony is being called into question. Sentencing -Let’s say that if you get differed adjudication and you break it with a first degree felony the judge can sentence you to life for just anything. -Punishment theories Drugs -Government control, addictive, legalization of Marijuana and cocaine, steroids Immigration Terrorists -What criminal rules apply? Racial Profiling - Is it okay to investigate certain people in airport security because of the way they physically look? Guns -Should we be allowed to have them? -Should there be fewer guns or more guns?
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-What about illegal guns? -Do you have the right to take it out on the street? Do you have the right to own 50 different guns? Chapter 1- Is crime always functional? Does crime serve a purpose in our society? Emile Durkheim says yes. Daniel Moynihan says no. Emile Durkhiem - In a society, crime is normal, it is always present. Society of saints- in a society held to the standards of a monetary what would be considered a crime? Crime is defined as anything that offends the collective majority. There is a line somewhere and society determines that line. Absolute worst thing not so bad Robbing a bank parking illegally Rape and murder of a child jaywalking Oklahoma City bombings stealing gum -Even in a society of saints there will be a line like this that causes certain action to be deemed criminal. Functionality of crime 1. He argues that crime pushes society to a higher level. It causes people to grow and work to improve human society. Pushes society to evolve in the right way. -Socrates was executed for free speech which is now legal in our country today. -Illegal to smoke in public today -When a crime occurs people say “How did this happen? This should be against the law.” Meghan’s Law 2. Crime is functional in that it has an indirect utility. It has a personal freedom and a certain amount of elasticity. -If everyone is rigidly maintaining a certain set of actions, you won’t have any criminals but you would never have a Mozart either. Criminal Justice Week 3
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Daniel Patrick Moynihan : Agrees that the amount of crime that people can deal with will remain constant over time. Moynihan believes that Durkheim failed to consider the option or the possibility that there could be too much crime. -Moynihan believes that in our society we have been tuning out crime or “defining deviancy
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course SOCI 20213 taught by Professor Wong during the Spring '07 term at TCU.

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