March 24, 2008

March 24, 2008 - March 24, 2008 Criminology Lecture...

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March 24, 2008 Criminology Lecture Rational Choice Theories Rational Choice o Theories that explain motivations and predispositions for crime only go so far o A crime is also the result of a sequence of choices made by the offender (people acting in their own best interest in a given situation) o Why does a person commit this particular crime? How do offenders think ? o Offenders believe that crime pays Two questions: What do I get out of it. . if I get busted or if I don’t get caught (informal calculations of what goes on inside people’s heads) What do I get by doing something else (not committing the crime) o To tip the scales away from crime: Disincentive for crime (punishment) Incentive for something else (ex: Giving farmers in Colombia money to grow a crop other than coca—make it look better than the illegal activity) o Focus has been on disincentive Severity – things like stiffer penalties Certainty – three strikes, mandatory sentences
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course SOC 441 taught by Professor Professor during the Spring '06 term at Wisconsin.

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