Crime and Crime Theory

Q1. Do you think all criminals make rational decisions when committing their crimes? Why or why not?

family_group/family5.html This one-page introduction describes the origins of FGC and explains how the tenets of Dr. John Braithwaite’s “reintegrative shaming” theory are used to develop the FGC model.

Q3. Despite efforts to punish criminals and make them fear crime, there is little evidence that the fear of apprehension and punishment can reduce crime rates. How can this discrepancy be explained?

Q4. Consider general deterrence theory for the following question: Do you think televising executions would provide a general deterrence to crime? Why or why not?

Q5. The deterrence approach to crime control is often associated with those who believe that the criminal justice system is too lenient and that we should crack down on crime. Discuss some of the problems associated with using one simple punishment or deterrent strategy to control all types of criminal behavior.

Q1. What was most surprising about the Minneapolis experiment? Which other types of crime issues could the methods used in the Minneapolis domestic violence research be applied to?

Q2. How are the Feminist theory concepts challenged by the postmodernism challenge (2-3 examples) their assumptions.

Q3. Using control balance theory, explain the criminal behavior of a child molester and of a mobster. How do they differ and how are they similar to expressions of control and balance?


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