LWSO 201 Lecture Notes - Deterrence Theory, Mens Rea

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Published on 15 Apr 2013
School
University of Calgary
Department
Law and Society
Course
LWSO 201
Professor
LWSO 201-01
March 11, 2013
Social Control-purpose of law
law can lead or reflect law
informal versus formal social control: informal = smaller groups of people; informal =larger
groups of people
formal social control: church, schools/universities, companies, sports teams
incarceration rates are merely increasingly, mostly due to drugs in Canada
Canada does not have a death penalty
denunciation: the attempt to censure an individual for culpable criminal conduct, the court
imposes a sentence to denounce the crime of which the offender has been convicted
Rehabilitation: the attempt to change an individual by promoting law-abiding behaviour. This
usually involves sentencing the offender to some alternative to custody, such as probation with
conditions.
aboriginals are known to offend 4-5% of the time
deterrence theory: offender thinks rationally
in Canada and America most executions are due to property crimes
actus rea: committed the act
mens rea: you intended to commit the act
in the field of employment: if you are an alcoholic/drug abuser, you are not found guilty and
cannot be fired from your job because this is considered a medical issue
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Canada does not have a death penalty. Denunciation: the attempt to censure an individual for culpable criminal conduct, the court imposes a sentence to denounce the crime of which the offender has been convicted. Rehabilitation: the attempt to change an individual by promoting law-abiding behaviour. This usually involves sentencing the offender to some alternative to custody, such as probation with conditions. in canada and america most executions are due to property crimes. Aboriginals are known to offend 4-5% of the time.

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