Which social structure theory do you believe affects crime the most and why?
Out of the three social structure theories mentioned in Chapter 6 I believe the social disorganization
theory affects crime the most because I think the crime begins in the rundo
Philip and his girlfriend were only two years apart. They had been dating for almost 3 years so Philip was
a minor when they started dating. This is not statutory rape because they is only a two year difference.
Every state has different laws but
Social Process Theories
Social Process Theory
An individuals relationship with critical elements of the
social process is the key to understanding the onset and
continuation of a criminal career
Most individuals are influenced by their fami
Because They Want To
Development of Rational Choice Theory
Has its roots in the classical school of criminology
These ideas declined by the end of the 19 th century
and re-emerged in the 1960s
Developed by the Italian social t
Emergence of Victimology and
For many years victims were just looked at as people who
were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Starting in the 1960s researchers saw that victims sometimes
play a ro
1.Beccaria believed that, to deter people from committing more serious offenses, crime and
punishment must be _.
3. Most serial murderers select victims who are defenseless or who cannot count on police
protection or who are vulnerable in some fashion, su
Social Conflict, Critical
Contemporary Critical Criminology
Critical criminology views crime as a function of social
conflict and economic rivalry
It seeks to identify economic structures in society that
Social Structure Theory:
Because Theyre Poor
Socioeconomic Structure and Crime
People in the United States live in a stratified society
Social strata are created by the unequal distribution
Social structure theorists suggest that social and e
1. the view that all individuals are equal at birth and are thereafter influenced by their
2. Trait theorists focus on _ that are linked to antisocial behavior patterns.
A) economic and social conditions
B) environmental and economic c
1. Poverty during early childhood may have a more severe impact on behavior than poverty
during adolescence or adulthood. What percent of American children live in poverty?
2. Members of the underclass who are socially is
Its in Their Blood
Foundations of Trait Theory
The view that criminality is a product of abnormal
biological or psychological traits
The view began with Lombroso and fell out of favor
in the early 20th century, only to re-emerg
1. Examining the effect of family relations on criminality, it is known that
_ can help neutralize the effect of both individual (emotional) and
social (delinquent peer) forces that promote delinquent behaviors.
2. Schools contribute
With the advent of cameras everywhere, the use of the Patriot Act and other legislation enacted
for gathering information through electronic means, are we creating a 'big brother' society and is
the loss of personal privacy worth the price of safety, and
As the worlds oldest profession, do you think prostitution should be legalized and taxed? Why or
This is a hard question to answer. As a woman I personally I think it is degrading, nasty and morally
wrong. Along with prostitution come bad things
Which definition of crime do you believe fits the current trend in crime and
I dont think there is a concise definition of crime. I would have to say it is a
prohibited behavior that is committed, which harms other people or society. I think
Do you believe in more or less incarceration for individuals who commit crimes and whether this
incarceration reflects in recidivism rates?
I absolutely believe that incarceration is the way to punish those who commit crimes. I think the length
of the tim
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Tracking devices implanted under the skin just sound so futuristic but in
reality those devices have been used for nearly a decade now. The idea of
microchips about the size of rice grains, have been around for
Which trait theory do you believe is the best cause for crime within the U.S. and why?
In my opinion the all the psychological trait theories(psychodynamic, behavioral, and cognitive) are the
best cause for crime here in the US and everywhere because I th
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The wish of every community is to come together as a whole and establish
peace. Robert J. Sampson and Stephen W. Raudenbush present a theory of
collective efficacy in their report. Community residents are assumed
Of the emerging forms of critical criminilogy, do any of these forms account for or explain crime
in America and why or why not?
I do not think any of the emerging forms of critical criminology can explain crime in America. But out of
the four forms I thi
Do you believe it is a latent trait that makes a person crime prone, or is crime a function of
environment and socialization?
I do not believe a person is more prone to crime because of a latent trait. According to the latent trait
people who have a certa
Should the court system be harsher on property crime suspects by giving them
harder and longer sentences? Why or why not.
Property crimes are the most committed crimes and although I do think they are
serious crimes I do not think are as serious as other
Part I - Do you agree with the ACLU and civil rights advocates which state that terror suspects
arrested in a foreign land be given the same rights and privileges as an American citizen, and
why or why not?
Part II - Do you believe the US has the right to
How would you punish a corporate exectutive whose has knowingly engaged in white collar
crimes such as insider trading or the use of Ponzi schemes such as Bernie Madoff?
Although white collar crime is punished more now days I think that white collar crime
In today's high tech era, do you think a juvenile who is caught 'sexting' to his or her significant
other should be tried, and if convicted be labeled a sex offender the rest of their lives? See link
to such a case (you might have to copy and paste if the
Instrumentalists view the criminal law and criminal justice system solely as an instrument for
controlling the elite members of society.
Conflict promotes crime by creating a social atmosphere in which the _ is a