Using what you’ve learned this week, respond to the following prompts in your post:
- Think about the following questions: Do rational people commit
crimes? Do they choose to commit a crime? Are they intelligent? Do they
aim to maximize pleasure and minimize pain? If someone believes all of
these questions they most likely would agree with choice theories.
Speculate on the school of criminology choice theories are derived from.
Next, based on your selection of school of criminology, debate whether
or not you agree with these theories. Justify your response.
- A number of studies have been undertaken which show a very real
connection between delinquent and /or criminal behavior, and single
parent families. Wright and Wright’s (1994) research shows that single
parent families, and in particular mother-only families, produce more
delinquent children than two parent families. Indeed the very absence of
intact families makes gang membership more appealing (Muehlenberg
2002). Based on this information, discuss whether or not you believe
these statements are true or false. Provide support for your response.