Crime and society - Crime and society You need to know...

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Crime and society You need to know about the causes and impact of criminal behaviour. For example, people may commit crime for several reasons; Peer pressure Criminals have not been taught the difference between ‘right and wrong.’ This argument is closely associated with the New Right Mental illness. The majority of prisoners have mental health problems A failure to rehabilitate ex-offenders back into society The sociologist Zygmunt Bauman argues that criminals steal status items in order to appear ‘normal’ within such a materialistic society The peak age of criminal activity is during the years 16-25. This may be due to the following factors; Boys often have to ‘prove’ their masculinity which can, at times, result in criminal activity The likelihood of a young person belonging to a subculture is high, and some subcultures engage in criminal behaviour Young people may have few legitimate means available of acquiring material goods
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