INSANITY, CRIME, AND LAW
In addition to various theories about why crime happens,
psychology has also offered a large contribution to ideas and
policies on the relationship between mental illness and crime.
Legally, the insanity is a type of defense that
Have you ever seen a news report on a crime and thought to
yourself, He must be crazy or Youd have to be mad to do that.
If so, youve already started thinking of psychological explanations
for crime. Psychological theories about cri
Biological theories have been slow to enter the field of criminology.
One reason for this is that criminology comes out of the social
sciences, particularly sociology. Sociologys strong focus on
environmental explanations for behaviors
Are some people born to be criminals? Do some of us have faulty
genes or bad heredity that causes us to commit crime?
Soon, we may know the answers to these questions. The Human
Genome Project which mapped the over 20,000 genes in our DNA
was completed in
The NCVS uses surveys to collect data and this is one of the more
common research methods used in criminology. Surveys involve
giving a questionnaire to a group of individuals or respondents.
Surveys can be given face-to-face, mailed to the respon
Criminology Research Methods
Studying crime can be a difficult thing. If you stop to think about it,
some of the reasons for this are not surprising. First, official
statistics on crime only capture crimes that are reported. Many
crimes are estimated to b
Understanding and solving crime involves many different individuals. A
criminologist is an individual who studies crime and criminals. Although the
term criminologist is sometimes used to refer to anyone within the criminal
justice system, the
What is Crime?
Most of you probably have an idea already about what constitutes
crime. After all, we hear about crime everyday on the news, in
Internet articles, and in talking with friends and others around us.
Yet, although crime is something that seems
In 1957, police officers in Plainfield, Wisconsin arrived at the home of Ed
Gein, who they suspected of robbing the local hardware store. The inside of
the remote farmhouse was full of rotting food and junk. As the local sheriff
walked through the kitchen
1. What led the FBI to investigate this particular place?
2. How was this investigation different from an archaeological dig? Why was
3. Why was the dog bone important?
4. What were the challenges of this dig and investigation? How did the F