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Department
Criminology
Course
CRIM 1125
Professor
K.Chin
Semester
Fall

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Crime myths and realities o Myth:  Most criminals are dangerous and clever  Most are pathological individuals who kill at random  Police investigators are clever and effective  Most are violent  Elderly likely to be victimized  Victimization rates are going up o Reality  Most criminals resemble their victims  Most are routine, mundane, often trivial  Most not detected or not report, most unsolved  Only small portion of crime is violent  Young, low SES males more likely to be victimized  Victimization rates are going down Conceptualizations of Crime - Crime as a legal construct - Crime as violation of social norms - Debate between the consensus vs. and conflict models o Is crime a violation of some sort of consensus in society? Like socially acceptable things The Legal Construct Model - Sacco and Kennedy say the dominant
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