week 2 - Whatisacrime?Continued...

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What is a crime? Continued  Level of agreement about defining acts as criminal  Mala in se offenses = Widespread agreement Mala prohibita = low to medium agreement Crime as a continuum (range from low, medium, to high) Exceptions to defining an act as criminal Wartime Intent (mens rea) 6 exceptions but… Self-defense Age Mental Illness At what age are you old enough to be held criminally responsible for your  actions? Mens Rea Usually, a child under age 7 is not responsible for criminal acts Not entirely responsible for criminal acts if under 18 Juvenile delinquency
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What is a crime changes over time Public attitudes toward behavior change Domestic Violence  Alcohol consumption during Prohibition Cultural relativity and what is a crime Horse thieves and auto thieves Computer Crime Defining what is a crime An appropriate definition of crime = unresolved issue in the field of criminal  justice. Many dangerous and harmful acts are not crimes.
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