Chapter 2 Lecture Notes

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Chapter 2 Lecture Notes Chapter 2 is a very detailed chapter. In this section we will be exploring the definitions of what constitutes a crime from both a social, and legal, point of view. Next we move on to the essential elements that must be present in order for an action to be viewed as criminal. Within this section is a subset related to the issue of mens rea , or the legal intent to formulate a guilty state of mind. If it can be demonstrated that mens rea was not present, then the action may be forgiven. Some examples of categories possibly lacking mens rea would be juveniles and insanity. We will also identify the two major methodologies for measuring crime: the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the National Crime Victimzation Surveys (NCVS). In this chapter we will be exploring the issue of criminal definitions and the extent of over criminalization in some jurisdictions. Some states still have outdated and absurd laws included in their statutes. Case in point, in Indiana it is illegal to take a bath in the wintertime. The first element of a crime discussed in the chapter is harm. Yet, many states allow for the prosecution of citizens when the action does not constitute direct harm. These actions are referred to as victimless crime or crimes of morality. Mens rea
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This note was uploaded on 06/04/2010 for the course CCJ 1020 taught by Professor Ardis,m during the Spring '10 term at Pensacola Junior College.

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