Three neoclassical criminology theories: (1) rational choice; (2) deterrence; and (3) routine activities. Briefly explain the premise of each of these neoclassical theories. Evaluate each of these neoclassical perspectives on deviant behavior, and identify the theory that comes closest to describing an individual's decision to participate in deviant acts. Explain why the selected theory is the most accurate when examining deviant behavior.
Deterrence, rational choice, routine activities
Deterrence is the certainty of punishment and its severity. When criminal behavior is associated with punishment and the punishment is presented with all possible alternatives, it is considered a deterrent. This is especially true if there are people who after being presented with the punishment, never are arrested again. Statistically, the number of arrests are tested against the number and type of punishments and then the ...
A discussion on the neoclassical theories of rational choice, deterrence, and routine activities in criminology.