SOCI 250 - Crime Patterns Long Answer Topic

SOCI 250 - Crime Patterns Long Answer Topic - 17:44...

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17:44 Is crime a personal problem? People are born bad, we are all evil in nature Explanation – more mesomorphs and sociopaths in society Is crime a social problem? Society made them poor, crime is capitalism’s fault Explanation – inequality leads to violence The change from Spiritual to Classical criminology Enlightenment thinkers like Cesare Beccaria  - we are all rational actors working in our  own self interest Move away from the application of the death penalty Greater use of prisons for punishment Critique of Beccaria – Do not take into account personal characteristics such as age or  mental condition of the suspected criminal. Punishment policies alone do not reduce  crime. Deterrence Theory Model that holds today even though it doesn’t work. Length of punishment is  independent of the likelihood of recommitting the crime. Crime is a Personal Problem
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course SOCI 250 taught by Professor Carmichael during the Fall '11 term at McGill.

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SOCI 250 - Crime Patterns Long Answer Topic - 17:44...

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