Week 6 Concepts - Key Concepts/Ideas Crime criminal acts...

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Key Concepts/Ideas:  Crime , criminal acts, and criminals are socially created.  Crimes by any other name  are those acts which do  social harm and are comparable to criminal acts in the amount of suffering and harm they cause, but which  are typically not thought of as criminal.  Decisions are made as to what will be called crime and who will  be treated as a criminal.  Crime is not a simple objective threat:  “it is a reality that takes shape as is it  filtered through a series of human decisions running the full gamut of the criminal justice system” and  beyond. The criminal justice system is a mirror that shows a very specific, and according to Jeffrey  Reiman, “distorted” image of the dangers that threaten us.   The Prison industrial complex  refers to a condition in which prisons are not at the fringes of economic  development and social reproduction but are major forces in it. Like the military industrial complex, the 
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