Explore BrainMass

Classicism & Positivism in Criminal Justice Policymaking

What impact have positivism and the classical school of criminology had on the basic structure of the criminal justice system and the focus of its policies?

Solution Preview

The solution below should get you started (see attachment). In this particular task, you are asking for help in discussing positivism and classicism's influence on the criminal justice system's policies. I suggest making it short using this outline:

1. About the schools of thought - 100 words
2. Impact on policymaking - 150 words

Classicism & Positivism in Criminology

There are currently 2 schools of thought utilized in criminology - positivism (which assumes that criminal behavior has its own distinct set of characteristics where utilizes scientific principles to identify key differences between 'criminals' and 'non-criminals') and classicism (which espouses that man has the free will to make decisions about his actions and thoughts so that as a 'calculating animal', man causes crime by free ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise on discussing the role of positivism and classicism in policy making for criminal justice functions. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.