Eight Questions: Crime, Sentencing, Criminal Behaviour, Drugs

#1: Compare and contrast determinate sentencing and truth-in-sentencing practices. How would social problem and responsibility perspectives argue for one or the other?

#2: How would you respond to David Abrahamsen’s statement, “The American dream is, in part, responsible for a great deal of crime and violence because people feel that the country owes them not only a living but a good living”?

#1: How do illegitimate opportunity structures assist in explaining delinquency and criminal behavior? How is this associated with different types of subcultures?

#2: What is a self-fulfilling prophecy? What role does this play in continued deviance?

#1: What reasons might people provide for not reporting property crimes to the police?

#2: Would the association between drugs and crime disappear if drugs were legalized or decriminalized? Should certain drugs be decriminalized? If yes, which ones? Why?

#1: Should regulating practices on the Internet be the responsibility of parents or the government?

#2: Of all current and possible strategies aimed at crime, which do you find most persuasive? Why?

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