Ch. 2 Part 1 - Criminal Behavior Theories, Typologies, and...

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Understanding Human Behavior Criminal Behavior Theories, Typologies, and Criminal Justice J.B. Helfgott Seattle University CHAPTER 2 Theories of Criminal Behavior Theories of Criminal Behavior
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Understanding Human Behavior It’s, I don’t know, maybe a messed up gene somewhere.” -- Alex Baranyi, Quadruple Murderer Theories of Criminal Behavior
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Myth v. Reality of Crime There is an ongoing chatter of incomprehensible criminal events in the background of our lives. For example: “Girl fatally stabbed before decapitated” (Associated Press, February 19, 2007). “Woman rips of husbands testicles with bare hands” (Clipmarks.com, May 19, 2006). “Woman charged with scalping Mohawk-wearing teen” (Associated Press, July 14, 2005). “Woman kills pregnant woman and cuts out fetus” (Shortnews.com, 2003). Most crime is not this extreme and the statistical likelihood of falling victim to a heinous crime is slim. Understanding Human Behavior
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Understanding Human Behavior What Causes a Person to Engage in Criminal Behavior? It is impossible to respond to crime without asking what It is impossible to respond to crime without asking what causes it to occur. causes it to occur. Knowing something about the factors associated with criminal behavior, the characteristics of offender types, and the “causes” of crime provides information with which to: Pursue and investigate suspects Adjudicate defendants, make sentencing determinations
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Ch. 2 Part 1 - Criminal Behavior Theories, Typologies, and...

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