Prison Term Policy Recommendation

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Running head: PRISON TERM POLICY RECOMMENDATION 1 Prison Term Policy Recommendation Karen Overbey CJA/314 June 12, 2011 Darrell Cook
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PRISON TERM POLICY RECOMMENDATION 2 Abstract On November 05, 2011, the legislature will vote on a new bill. This bill will enforce tougher sentences, doubling the maximum prison term for those convicted of armed robbery. My boss, Senator James Mathias, Jr., feels this is a popular bill but is not sure the new tougher sentences will have much of an impact on the criminals breaking this law. In order to determine if this lengthy sentence will deter armed robbery, research will need to be done to determine why individuals commit armed robbery and if they will be deterred by a longer by the threat of a longer prison sentence. The research used will explain about armed robberies such as committed in banks and businesses, which have escalated in the past years. This paper will explain recommendations that I would make to make the new bill more effective in fighting the crime of armed robbery.
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PRISON TERM POLICY RECOMMENDATION 3 Prison Term Police Recommendation In October 2011, the legislature of the state of Maryland will vote on a new bill that will double the sentence of any individual who is found guilty of armed robbery. The theory of those in favor of this bill is that by doubling the sentence, the criminals will decide not to commit armed robbery. In order to determine if this bill will deter crime will take research on why criminals commit armed robbery and if the threat of more lengthy sentences will change their behavior or if other plans of action are necessary. It is also necessary to determine if the doubling of the sentence will help to deter others from committing armed robbery and other violent crimes. There are three criminology theories that explain why criminals commit violent crimes. One theory is the biological theory which is when someone is considered to have been born with the need for violence. Another theory is the psychological theory in which there is a psychological reason such as mental illness that gives them the need to be violent. The last theory is the rational choice theory in which the criminal knows that the violent criminal activity is wrong and chooses to commit it anyway regardless of the consequences. In order to research the bill, and if it will help to reduce armed robbery it is important to
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This note was uploaded on 09/11/2011 for the course CRIMINAL J cis 334 taught by Professor Akmid during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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