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Positivist school of criminology and classical criminology

Explain the differences between the positivist and the classical school of criminology regarding the causes of criminal behavior.
Analyze the impact that individual's environment and/or genetics have on the individual's ability to make a free choice not to commit criminal acts.
Explain whether all criminal behavior can be considered rational.
Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the positions of the police chief and the prison warden and explained with whom you agree. Analyzed whether positivist or classical policies have been used more in the criminal justice system.

Suggest the direction that criminal justice policies should take in the future.

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Explain the differences between the positivist and the classical school of criminology regarding the causes of criminal behavior.

Positivist and classical schools of criminology differentiate between the reasons that people engage in criminal behavior with the positivist school of criminology positing that individuals commit crime because of biological differences associated with intellect, physical formation of the body, and other inherited traits that make certain people more prone to criminality. This view also believes that criminals don't engage in rational thought when committing crimes because of their diminished intellectual capabilities. In contrast, the classical school of criminology believes that crime is a result of rational thought processes and that criminals make conscious choices to engage in criminal behavior through rational choices placated upon whether or not the benefits outweigh the costs. Therefore, if policies ...

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Positivist school of criminology and classical criminology

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