Personal Criminological Theory

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Personal Criminological Theory Taniqua S. Shepperson AJS542 Criminological Theory March 31, 2013 Angela Dudley Personal Criminological Theory Introduction Understanding the reasoning’s behind why a person commits a crime, violent or simple, requires an in-depth understanding of both the criminal justice system and theories associated with crime. The criminological theory offers many reasons for criminal behavior. These reasons vary from society to mental issues. These reasons, or theories, offer researched data that assists law makers in defining how crimes are punished and prevented. Some of those theories include: Social learning, rational choice, and labeling theory. Using the above theories an explanation as to the occurrence of crime and why people commit crime will be given.\ Why do people commit crime? An age old question that has yet to be definitively answered is, “Why do people commit crimes?” If this question was asked to criminals some of the responses one may receive are: “I was at the wrong place at the wrong time”, “It was self-defense”, or even “I needed to feed my family.” What makes one reason more wrong than the other, nothing. If you look at crime statistics in local areas a picture can be painted to show in site that provides answers to reasons why crimes are committed. Population and demographics also provide in site to why crimes are committed. People commit crimes out of desperation, street credibility, and impulsiveness. In today’s society it is easy to fall into a pattern of committing crime. With the high unemployment rates, loss of homes, and inability to provide for their families, crimes are being committed out of desperation to provide basic needs. A common form of gang initiation includes some sort of violent act to show loyalty to the crew, or gain street credibility. Gang members are known to distribute drugs, carry

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