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Rational Choice Theory and Criminal Behavior

Discuss Rational Choice Theory as it is used to explain criminal behavior?

Which of the different aspects of this theory are most influential in explaining criminal behavior?

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Rational choice theory is the theoretical framework that promulgates the ideology that humans engage in behavior based upon economic pursuits. Therefore, actions that will net the greatest economic benefits are pursued. In regard to criminal justice, this explains why criminals rationally choose to engage in crime. Criminals weigh the risks and rewards of their criminal behavior before engaging in actions that will net those profits. If the perceived benefits outweigh the risks, and then criminals will engage in the crime.

This approach to crime is relevant for explaining crimes associated with monetary purposes such as theft, ...

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This solution discusses Rational Choice Theory with respect to criminal behavior.