Crime - Crime contested concept varies by who defines it...

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Crime – contested concept, varies by who defines it Definitions of crime o Legal – crime is a violation of criminal law Problem: things that are criminal aren’t considered crime and things considered crime aren’t criminal There are 52 criminal institutions, each with its own definition of crime o Moral – crime is any moral offense Most common definition of crime Problem: morality is subjective o Sociological – what defines a crime is societies response to an act Crime has nothing to do with the offender or the act itself There are no inherently criminal acts Breakdown of crime o Crimes against the person – any crime where a human is physically violated Most universal type of crime o Crimes against property Whether or not it is considered a crime is based on societies conceptions of property o Crimes against public order o Crimes against the state – crimes in which the fundamental victim is the state Criminology – the study of criminal behavior Theories of crime o Moralistic theories Demonology Witchcraft Evil o Classical school of Criminology – philosophical reasoning for crime Jeremy Bentham – Hedonist, felt that people are motivated by the persuit of pleasure and avoidance of pain Principle of Utility
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course CRJU 110 taught by Professor Fitchelberg during the Fall '07 term at University of Delaware.

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