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Crime rates in specific regions

1. Do you agree with Criminologists Messenger and Rosen field's theory? Why or why not?
2. Do you think that there is misconception in the United States that feel we are entitled to the American Dream of prosperity? Why or why not?
3. Which is more likely to have more trouble with crime, poor urban communities that do have some access to some of their big city resources and jobs, or small rural towns that are far removed from urban resources and jobs but also may be removed from some the big problems of urban areas? Why or why not, explain?
4. Emile Durkheim believed that it did not matter whether society was in a great depression or in a period of great prosperity that if there was a breakdown in societal norms, anomie was the same? Do you agree with Durkheim's view?
5. Do you see programs like the Good Neighbor Next Door program a positive step in lowering crime?
6. Class- How much blame can you place on the parents or guardians in regards to family values and continuing crime?
7. Do you see capitalism or communism as creating more disparity between the wealthy and poor? Is there ways to even the playing field instead of widening the gap between the two? How does this affect Criminology?
8. Do you believe crime is just a term? Does "crime" only exist in societies that have rules, government and laws? Can crime actually exist in a culture with no rules or laws?
9. Class- In your opinion, do you think that crime is a necessary evil for society to continue to grow and improve?

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1. Do you agree with Criminologists Messner and Rosenfeld's theory? Why or why not?

Messner and Rosenfeld argue that people work toward the "American Dream" and that while it comes easier for some, it does not for all. Therefore, economic situations impact profit-related crime. They believe that this is a direct of reflection of that person's surrounding environment. While I can understand their theory, I do not necessarily agree that it is true for all criminals. There are some people that are just greedy. One example is the Enron Scandal in 2001. The executives of the company did not need to take on high risk accounts, nor did they have to hide bad investments to try to make more profits for themselves. The point is that some people are just greedy. There are also plenty of government programs to help people survive, find work and even get a good education. I believe it depends on the internal moral values a person has as to whether they will commit a crime.

2. Do you think that there is misconception in the United States that feel we are entitled to the American Dream of prosperity? Why or why not?

In part, yes. The preamble to the United States' Constitution states "we the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." In a Transmittal Letter to the President, the committee points out that "in all our deliberations on this subject, we kept steadily in our view that which appears to us the greatest interest of every true American....our prosperity" (The United States Constitution at In a sense, we were promised prosperity by our forefathers. This is one of the reasons there were, and still are, so many immigrants coming to the United States. They, too, seek the American Dream.

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The expert examines crime rates in specific regions. The criminologist messenger and Rosen field's theory is defined.