This theory is defined as the pressure that individuals feel to reach socially determined goals. In 1938, Robert Merton defined this theory as delinquency as a form of adaptive problem solving behavior which the response to frustration and undesirable social environments. Merton states that goals such as wealth and personal happiness are often portrayed as desirable for everyone but means to these goals are equally available (Schmalleger, 2012). Because of the unavailability of these desires, this causes a strain, many turn to crime to get what they want/desire. The inmates in the Pelican Bay Prison have committed crimes, such as murder and robberies so they can get what they want without working for it.
This era was our first attempt for an organized police force. It showed us our flaws in the system and what people will do to ensure “their” best interests are protected and with money and power, could be above the law. The more corrupt the officers were, it seemed like the more violent criminals started to become. People where tired of being stepped on for someone else’s gain and those would be normal everyday people turned towards the criminal side. This led to rethinking the whole police system and how to better effect the people they were sworn to protect.
In most detective fiction written before the 1930’s, police officers played subordinate roles – but the World Wars changed that. Transformations in American society contributed to new concerns about crime, rising levels of violence and acute attention to the role of police. The spy hero was made redundant by the collapse of the Soviet Union and thriller writers needed something to fill the void. Rather than detection, the crime narratives focused on moments of moral decision making and were conveyed from the point of view of protagonists who were police detectives or government agents. A broader interest in exploring psychological motivation also found its niche in US film and was visually and narratively distinct from that of the 1930’s.
For instance, police officers would begin cracking down on smaller crimes such as kicking vendors out of unissued areas in the hopes that it would somehow eliminate drug sales or theft. Because of this theory, many people were getting in trouble by the law for things they previously did without thinking twice. I think that in short term, this theory can truly be beneficial because of its hands on action. However, in the long run, crime will happen no matter what because people will rebel due to the strictness of these officers. This theory has gotten much support, but because of its intensity it has also received some criticism.
Also how many great lawyers want to prove defendants innocent? Criminal law chargers can change a person future forever. It can ruin their families’ lives, it can ruin their jobs, ruin friendships, and even how a whole community will look at you. Why I do believe that investigators should do whatever it take to catch a criminal, sometimes they do go too far just because of the press and how people want someone to be caught. Pressure hurts an investigation more than anything.
Even the press played him up as a brilliant, daring, likeable individual, basically an equivalent to a “superhero” by taking down banks which had been merciless by forcing debtors to mortgage all that they had. Also these debtors were the ones that were encouraging Dillinger and his gang to keep on keeping on with the robberies. Dillinger became a challenge for law enforcement officials, for he often made them look like fools. One of the main reasons Dillinger was so hard to capture was because of the conflicts between police jurisdictions. But even when Dillinger was captured, he always seemed to find a way to escape.
The social strain theory states that the person commits the crime because they are angry because they are not able to succeed economically as he/she would like to. The cultural deviance theory states that a person does not feel that he/she will every succeed economically and will fight or do whatever he/she has to so that he/she can get what they want in life. The social learning theory states that a person learns a crime from others. Each of these theories is reasons that a person may commit a crime. In Tent City felons are divided into different racial groups.
Looking for new ways to save money in the midst of persistent societal needs like privatization of intuitions. This also has prompting many state and federal bureaucrats to reconsider how they punish their criminals. Forcing them to look for creative ways to trim down the heavy burden that stringent sentencing laws and an excess increase in incarceration that has lead to increased taxes on taxpayers. Unfortunately, officials like to tout that crime rate falls because tough sentences are given; even when demography or other factors may point to another reason, they feel the tough sentences are demanded by the local citizens to solve the problem. Prison is an excellent way to keep dangerous criminals off the streets, but the more people you lock up, the less dangerous each extra prisoner is likely to be.
Steroids in Baseball and the Ethical Implications “Cheat or lose.” “Everybody does it.” “It was the only way to get ahead.” These are just a few reasons that people give for cheating. Cheating in our society has become so prevalent that one can hardly go a day without seeing a scandal on the front page of the newspaper. Corporations are being caught cooking their books, students are cheating on exams, ordinary people lie on their tax returns, and athletes are taking illegal drugs to gain a boost in their performance. This leads one to ask, “why”? Are there new pressures today that cause people to cheat more than in previous generations?
The United States justice system seems to work for the most part for the Americans right now, but a lot of criminals are getting away with crimes when they really belong behind bars. Criminals who go to trial are hoping to get out of the crime they committed and the defense attorney is there to help the criminal achieved that goal. Our justice system was created to protect the innocent people of the United States of America but many times it does not help us bring the criminals to justice. Although the American justice system partially works for most of the people, there is always room for improvement to make sure that crimes are properly punished, and that we are all safe. The United State Justice system needs to be reformed in order