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    Does law enforcement place more focus on an area based on income, perception of crime or other factors? Why? How does any disproportionate focus impact our society?

    Is conflict theory the best explanation for the strong influence of race and income on crime? Or do you believe that it is one of the sociological theories that does not question the focus of our criminal justice system and the validity of ways to measure crime?

    Can labeling someone at a young age can push that person into a life of crime? Why or why not?

    To what extent is positive labeling prevalent in our society? Is it more prevalent than negative labeling?

    What elements are common in the conflict theories that Richard Quinney, Steven Spitzer, and Austin T. Turk describe in the prescribed text Criminology Theory: Selected Classic Readings by Frank P. Williams and Marilyn D. McShane?

    How have your perceptions about the focus of our law enforcement and criminal justice policies changed?

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    Does law enforcement place more focus on an area based on income, perception of crime or other factors? Why? How does any disproportionate focus impact our society?

    Law enforcement places emphasis on perception of crime as well as stereotypes along with racial characteristics commonly referred to as profiling. These variables are typically used when law enforcement disproportionately targets African Americans.

    Is conflict theory the best explanation for the strong influence of race and income on crime? Or do you believe that it is one of the sociological theories that does not question the focus of our criminal justice system and the validity of ways to measure crime?

    Anomie/strain is the best explanation in ...

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