Crim105-Research Paper

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Matt Hines Crim105 Research Paper part 1 Section #0102 Gang life in inner cities is destructive to its members and the community in which it operates in as a whole. Upon joining a gang, members are launched into a culture of crime which portrays the benefits as much greater than any potential consequences. Rational choice theory is a criminological explanation of this type of cost-benefit analysis. In this view, criminal acts can be seen as not random, but occurring as a result of certain interactions with the offender and the offender’s environment. When something disrupts the static equilibrium between the offender and the surrounding environment (i.e. the incentives to commit the crime are greater than the costs), a crime is likely to occur. The article that I have chosen discusses a gang shooting that had occurred in Omaha, Nebraska. The author describes the criminal event as well as describing the interaction between the offender and the offender’s environment. Applying rational choice theory to
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course CCJS 105 taught by Professor Mcgoin during the Fall '08 term at Maryland.

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