week 1 - Whatiscrime Crimeasacontinuum...

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What is crime Crime as a continuum Felony versus misdemeanour crimes Exceptions to defining an act as criminal Wartime Lack of intent Self-defense Insanity What is a crime changes over time Public attitudes toward behavior changes Slavery Alcohol consumption Horse thieves and auto theft Computer crimes Introduction Crime is a top concern of the American public.  The role of the media -> focus on serious violent crimes or “street crime” Widespread agreement about defining these acts as crimes. Today, we’re going to take a more balanced picture about “what is a crime” Many acts fall into a gray area -> not widespread agreement
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Different types of crimes Crimes can be distinguished by the seriousness of the offense: Felonies  – severe criems  - 1 year or more Misdemeanors  – less severe crimes – up to a year
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