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Discuss: Personal Application of Criminology

Scenario: You are the parent of a 16-year-old boy. You come home unexpectedly and find your door ajar. Inside, you discover your son's friend looking through a kitchen drawer. The boy says he is looking for a paper and a pencil so he can leave your son a note. On the counter next to him is a lock-pick and some of your jewelry and he smells of marijuana. You tell the boy to leave immediately and he does. Which of the following, if any, will you do now?

a. Call the police
b. Call the boy's parents
c. Tell your son
d. Perhaps you will do something else.

I am not sure how to approach this question, any insight would be helpful.

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Let's take a closer look at this scenario to help give you greater insight.

There is no right or wrong answer to this question; it is about choosing your options, which will tell you about what theory of crime and punishment is reflected in your choices. This is what you describe.

For example, if you would have chosen to phone the police, this would be in line with retributive justice. Retributive justice requires that the punishment fit the crime and that like cases be treated alike. Wrongdoers deserve blame and punishment in direct ...

Solution Summary

This solution of about 350 words discusses how retributive justice and restorative justice apply to this scenario and depending on an individual's personal outlook on punishment, either one of those theories will be followed. Two references are also provided which are listed within the discussion.