Rational Choice Theory

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[Title of Paper] [Student Name] [School] [Course/Number] [ May 9, 2012 ] [Instructor Name] Abstract (if needed)[replace] Rational Choice Theory is among the least complicated explanations for any action and involves a simple cost-benefit analysis. A violent individual gains some benefit from either threatening violence or acting out violently. If he or she does not receive, or fear receiving, some significant punishment, then they are more likely to act on their drive to act out in a violent manner. Crime is seductive and opens the door of opportunity. People may rationally choose crime because it provides them with psychological and social benefits and can help them solve problems. Rational Choice Theory roots are based on the classical school of criminology, by Ceasare Beccaria, who viewed that crime is rational and can be prevented by punishment. Beccaria believed criminals weighed the consequences of crime before choosing to violate the law. They would be likely to choose crime if punishment were swift, certain, and severe. The implications of this theory are that we assume criminals are rational decision makers who will choose not to commit crime if they believe that they will be caught and severely punished for their crimes. When thinking about the “three strike and you’re out” sentencing policy there are a few reasons why not to embrace it as a positive way to stop crime. The fact that most three-time losers are aging out of [Title of Paper Goes Here( same as main title not bolded)] [The introduction of the paper goes here.] Heading for Section 1 of Your Paper (Must be bold!) [Cover the first main topic of you paper in this section.] Heading for Section 2 of Your Paper (Must be bold!) [Cover the second main topic of your paper in this section.] Heading for Section 3 of Your Paper (Must be bold!) [Cover the third main topic of your
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