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    Men commit an overwhelming percentage of violent crime and the majority of property crime in the United States.
    •How would each of the three critical feminist perspectives—Radical, Marxist, and Socialist—explain this phenomenon? Do different life experiences by men and women impact the overrepresentation of men in the criminal justice system? How do gender differences impact sentencing? Provide examples to support your answer.
    •How does allowing citizens to carry guns prevent crimes? Give relevant examples.

    Some research studies have indicated that white-collar crime costs Americans from 8 to 25 times as much monetarily as blue-collar crime. If this is the case, white-collar crimes are overlooked in Uniformed Crime Reports (UCR) and are not as heavily policed as blue-collar crimes. Discuss the financial impact of white collar crimes. What can be done to refocus more on white collar crimes?

    In the context of the theoretical postulation that criminals have careers, respond to the following:
    •What means are best suited to reduce crimes? Provide examples from researches conducted on the careers of criminals and attempts at rehabilitating these criminals.
    •Do you think researches on careers of criminals provide any support for rehabilitation programs? Which types of programs have the best success rates at reducing recidivism? Why?

    Most criminologists believe that the environment has a significant impact on crime, yet most citizens in areas with the highest crime rates do not participate in crime.

    Use theory to explain why most people refrain from crime even when they live in the highest crime areas. How do social control theories help to explain why?
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    •How would each of the three critical feminist perspectives—Radical, Marxist, and Socialist—explain this phenomenon? Do different life experiences by men and women impact the overrepresentation of men in the criminal justice system? How do gender differences impact sentencing? Provide examples to support your answer.

    The social structure that is embedded in society enables the male phenomenon that is associated with criminality as the expectations associated with male and female behavior dictate that males are taught since birth to express themselves through masculinity while females are expected to behave in feminine ways. Masculinity according to Radical feminist theoretical frameworks is at the core of the criminal justice system, which is why most of the attention that is placated towards understanding crime only focuses upon males while ignoring female offenders. In addition, the social structure that champions masculinity also glorifies the values associated with this male dominated form of expression such as being tough, exhibiting force, and sexual prowess.

    Men are considered to be more valued than women under this paradigm, which is why much of the crime that is committed by men is against women as most crimes entail domestic violence, sexual assaults, and other forms of violence directed against women. The Marxist/Socialist perspective is concerned with gender, race, class, and social structures wherein feminists believe that these variables all converge to create an environment that results in socially disadvantaged males exhibiting power and control through crime that is a form of identity that emanates from their views on masculinity. In essence, this perspective views the societal concept that promulgates hegemonic masculinity as the reason why men are overrepresented in the patriarchal criminal justice system as well as why they are sentenced to more time. Male judges, prosecutors, and cops attempt to "protect" females through a patriarchal approach that views them as less than men in their culpability and capacity to commit crime. Therefore, they receive lighter sentences than their male counterparts, but in contrast, they are often overlooked and ignored when crimes such as rape, domestic violence, and other violent offenses occur against them that ...

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    Gender and crime are examined. How would each of the three critical feminist perspectives are examined. Allowing citizens to carry guns prevent crimes are examined.

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