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c-32 - crime Deductive model-If x(ex poverty occurs in the...

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3/5/09 Positive School Cont… 5. Medical Analogy A. Crime’s a disease – a social pathology B. Criminals are sick C. Offenders must be treated or quarantined 6. The Crime Problem A. Scientific analysis of the causal factors that lead to crime - Life history - Economic conditions - Biological influences (heredity) - Social conditions B. Scientific method to study crime - Determine causal factors - Make predictions about future conduct Scientific method: 1) Systematic observation 2) Accumulation of evidence and “objective” facts 3) Deductive anlaysis C. Identification of crime, dangerous offender’s central concern in dealing with 
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Unformatted text preview: crime Deductive model:-If x (ex: poverty) occurs in the presence of y (ex: crime), and if x doesn’t occur without y, then the existence of x is a causal factor explaining the existence of y. 7. Principle of future dangerousness A. State power based on scientific prediction B. State may intervene at any time (need not wait for act to occur) * The better we are at predicting, the more likely we are to intervene, prior to the actual act. 8. Nature and function of trials A. Scientific analysis of offender’s condition B. Prediction of future dangerousness...
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