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CRIM 2650 Midterm: Theories Table For MIDTERM EXAM

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Fall 2015

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CRIM 2650
Anita Lam
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Theory/Theorist Becarria –
Deterrence Theory
Cohen and Felson –
Routine Activities
Lombroso – Atavism Durkheim
Method: Normative/Utilitaria
Normative Scienti!c Structural
Assumptions about
human nature, society,
crime, and the criminal
Criminals are
hedonistic and in
pursuit of personal
pleasures, partakes
in a balancing act of
cost/bene!t or
Everyone is
considered equal
and able to make
rational decisions
and freely chooses
to violate the law.
Criminal inclination
is normal. Crime is
de!ned as an act
that injures or
harms society.
Routine activity
theory assumes that
crime is
opportunistic. That
crime is a result of
everyday activities
and the consistency
of routines. It
suggests that crime
is committed by
those close to us,
individuals who
know are routine
and are ready to
strike provided
these 3 factors are
oender, suitable
target, and
absence of
-crime is normal
-free will
Criminal atavism
deterministic theory
Your behaviour and
criminal inclination
is biologically
determined from
Criminally is viewed
as abnormal but
natural in society,
not a result of free
The idea of the born
criminal, less
evolved humans,
throwbacks (social
Darwinism) genetic
abnormality, rejects
moral responsibility,
the criminal act is
out of compulsion
rather than rational
thought, you cant
make the person
responsible because
they were born this
way. Children can
grow out of it
Crime is natural as
it happens in
poverty and
richness. The point
of punishment to
reinforce boundaries
as to what’s
Strengthen social
solidarity, make
sure everyone has
the same
behaviours and
morals. You don’t
want social
solidarity to break
1. Sets and
reinforces moral
boundaries and
social norms
2.unites people
against the common
3.helps society to
adapt and invate
and revise moral
4.reduce societal
tension by
projecting rule
breaking on a
speci!c group
Purpose and
Characteristics of
Purpose of
punishment is both
speci!c deterrence
(to deter the
individual o7ender)
and general
deterrence (where
the punishment of
an o7ender is made
public and known to
pillars of e7ective
deterrence: a)
Severity of
punishment must
match the
seriousness of the
crime, b)
Punishment must be
certain and
consistently applied,
and c) Punishment
must be swift.
Punishment by the
state is legitimized
against individuals
who violate the
social contract when
they commit crime,
society gives up
some rights for the
protection of liberty
Purpose of
punishment is to act
as both a speci!c
and general
Punishment aims to
deter recidivism, as
well as aims to
deter other possible
o7enders by
increasing the cost
and lowering the
bene!ts of a
rational “cost versus
bene!t” analysis. In
some forms of
labelling is a
technique of
punishment as
public humiliation
and public shaming
creates awareness
and prevents
recidivism while also
punishing them for
their actions.
-Crime control
Social defense. Try
and defend society,
keep the person
away, not about
rehabilitation or
Punishment is
tailored to the
criminal not the act.
Looking at the
States role in
collective society
and consciousness.
Punishment must be
public, its
expressive and help
re<ect on the

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