SOC 305 WEEK 5 FINAL paper

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RUNNING HEAD: The Exploration of Crime and Society 1 The Exploration of Crime and Society Levuris J. Smith SOC 305 Instructor Samantha Hodapp April 11, 2011
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The Exploration of Crime and Society 2 Through further exploration of crime and society a great deal has been learned about how the two coincide with one another. In society everyone is affected by crime in one way or another rather it be dealing with the effects of crime on society or with being an actual offender. The knowledge and understanding gained throughout this course on an abundance of major issues such as: crime and its cost, a community reacting to crime, or deterrence, incapacitation, retribution, and rehabilitation of an actual criminal all pertain to society and crime. Through application and experience of these major issues one will be able to use this information toward becoming a more valuable member of society. “White-collar crime is crime committed as part of one’s occupation” (Strader, 2002). It ranges from fraudulent repairs by auto repair shops to corruption in the high-finance industry to unsafe products and workplaces in some of our largest corporations. Compared to the murderers, rapists and urban gangsters that get the headlines, white-collar criminals just don’t scare the public very much. They don’t leave a chalk outline on the sidewalk or blood spatter on the wall. So while violent crimes demand a high profile response from the police, the cost of white collar crime is significant but hard to measure in human costs. Financial costs are the leading effect on society, the net result of the various types of white collar crime is increased economic hardship for the average citizen and consumer. One reason for this is that such crime increases the cost of doing business, and any such increase in business costs is ultimately passed on to the consumer through increased prices and decreased services. One example of white collar crime that I have seen in my work establishment that is not always obvious to the general public is an astounding amount of Basic Housing allowance fraud. In these schemes military personal that are not entitled to Housing allowance due to rank or single status visit overseas countries and arrange marriages with men and women that they know little to nothing about just to obtain these funds.
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The Exploration of Crime and Society 3 In these arranged marriages the military personal marry foreigners who are not knowledgeable of the benefits and think these military members have their best interest at heart. However, once the military member leaves the country the person they married while overseas may never hear from them again. Embezzlement of fund from the government is the crime committed by these service members and has caused them to lose their career behind thinking they are smarter than the system. Conventional crimes are often known as just your everyday crimes in society. Divided
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