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Criminology, Law, Deviance and Punishment

Criminology, deviance and punishment are all multidisciplinary fields of society that are contributed to by sociologists.

Sociologists typically look at these fields through a positivist lens, using empirical data to highlight societal factors that influence criminology and deviance.

Different theories view deviance in extremely different ways. Some theorists see deviance as a necessary and normal part of society, allowing us to have an understanding of what our norms are by demonstrating ‘what not to do.’ Other theorists point to different factors that influence deviance. Some theories highlight social strain, frustration in attaining goals, socio-economic reasons and labelling as contributing to deviance.

There has been a trend in North America recently to begin identifying ‘root causes’ of crime in order to prevent this type of behavior in the future. The last decade has seen an influx in particular types of crime including gang violence, mass shootings and sexual assaults. Sociologists contribute hugely in identifying societal factors that predispose certain social groups to certain types of crime. This understanding is necessary if there is any hope in preventing both violent and nonviolent crime.

Punishment is another hot button topic in North America right now. What are the positive and negative consequences of America’s ‘tough on crime’ policies? Why does society no longer punish people for things that used to be punishable? What processes need to happen in order for something to become more or less worthy of punishment?

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Theories of Social Behavior

How do role theory, learning theory and cognitive theory explain social behaviors? Please provide an example of a current social issue or every day situation to show how those theories relate to social behavior.

Change in Criminal Justice Organizations

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Changes in laws, security, other since 9/11

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Comparing Job Descriptions

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Combating terrorism; research on nation strategy

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Leadership styles autocratic vs participative

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Inmate management, education and death notices

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Creating a Behavioral Change Plan

Created the Setting Goals and Objectives presentation in a power point including: The goal statement specifying the desired outcome(s) to be obtained by the Fictionland Police Department? The specific objectives for goal(s) established for the Fictionland Police Department. Make sure that each objective covers the four main co

Inmate training programs

Consider the following scenario: Smitty Correctional Facility (SCF) is thinking of creating a job training program for its clients—prison inmates. SCF has established a goal statement that reads as follows: "SCF is committed to equipping inmates to lead healthy, pro-social lives upon reentry into the general populatio

Objective Statements and Drug Dependency Program

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Understanding victims

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neoclassical criminology theories

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Classical and Neoclassical Criminological Theories

Classical criminological theories suggest that an individual's decision to participate in deviant behavior is based upon free thought and a consideration of the pleasure of the act versus the pain of punishment if caught. While similar in several ways, neoclassical criminological theories expand upon the classical viewpoint.

Issues in Working with Children, Adolescents, and their Families

Discuss the issues to be considered in working with children, adolescents, and their families. Discuss competence, consent, confidentiality, reporting, competing interests, and documentation. Make sure to list all practical considerations in any type of work with these populations.

Issues that impact youth in school

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Compare and contrast Packer's models of the criminal justice system with Feeley's models of the criminal justice system approach. What are the details of each type of their systems? How does each one work towards the common goal of combining all components of criminal justice into a working system for the public?

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Adolescent delinquency: major problem

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Fabian's story: sociopsychological perspective versus human ecology perspestive

How come the human ecology perspective would not offer a better solution to the Fabian story and also under what circumstance would the human ecology work as a better solution for the Fabian' story? Read Fabian's story Fabian, age 42, lived in a modest home on Main Street in Butterbrickle, a small Midwestern village at t

Social Change: Crime is the end result

What does this statement mean? "Remember, crime is the end result of a series of problems. When organizing for social change, it is crucial that we pinpoint the problem to ensure maximum impact."

Routine Activities and Biosocial perspectives

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Routine Activities Theory

As a researcher, have you found that there is more or less support for the Routine Activities Theory (RAT)? What side of this debate do you take?

The Practice of Racial Profiling

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Chemical castration

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Merton's Concept of Anomie

Messner & Rosenfeld renewed academia's interest in Merton's concept of anomie with their publication of Crime and the American Dream. Are there views of American institutions more or less relevant today? In what way?

Choice Theory and Deterrence theory

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Survey research - College students' assessment of personal safety

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