Explanations and Theories of Crime

One of the other new hires IM’d you with a request. “I promised Dr. Junger I’d take the intake interview with Jim Moratis the new prisoner that just transferred here from Chicago. I forgot that I made a prior commitment with Dr. Roberts to assist him with his research. Do you think you could take this interview for me? I’d owe you one.”

You IM your colleague and agree.

You meet with Jim Moratis. Jim is 6’6″ tall and 350 pounds; he has many tattoos, a severe overbite, and is a three-strike car thief. You ask Jim why he stole cars.

Jim explains, “The first couple times it was fun and it was easy money. Even though I got caught, I just couldn’t stop. Why do you think I did that, Doc?”

Objective:

—Discuss the major biological, psychological, and sociological explanations of crime
—Compare the relevance of sociology and criminology for each other

 

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