March 12, 2008

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March 12, 2008 Property Crime Property Crime (cont.) o Burglar Types Low level – groups of teenagers, easily scared away Middle range – better at burglarizing, inconsistent High level – professional burglars, informants, plans, etc. o Unemployment and Crime Cantor and Land (1985) – when unemployment rates go up, it does two things: higher rates of unemployment increased the motivation to commit crime; and it decreases the opportunity to commit property crimes because there is less “stuff”/goods out there A rising imprisonment rate makes unemployment look as if it’s going down Chart: Green means increase in, Red means decrease in Societal Reaction to Crime Labeling Theory o Other factors (SES, race, residence, etc.) have more influence on criminalization than actual lawbreaking o Heavy criminal justice system intervention creates more crime, not less (really high levels of imprisonment create more crime, not less—not a good solution) o Primary deviance vs. Secondary deviance Primary – person’s initial encounter with law breaking (teenager, hang out with bad kids, get into trouble for the first time); Secondary – lawbreaking behavior that occurs after having contact
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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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