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answers from test 1 and 2. definitions, terms, etc for final exam review
the academic discipline of criminology uses scientific methods to study the nature, extent, cause, and control of criminal behavior
Caesar Beccaria. 1700's, one of the first scholars to develop a systematic understanding of why people commit crime.
-the idea that people want to achieve pleasure and avoid pain
Classical Criminology
let the punishment fit the crime
-theoretical perspective suggesting that people have free will to choose criminal or conventional behaviors
-people choose to commit crime for reasons of greed or personal need
-crime can be controlled by the fear of criminal sanctions
father of criminology
-man that referred to offenders as "born criminals"
individuals interact with various people, organizations, institutions, and social norms as they mature and develop
Critical Criminology
the writings of Karl Marx have had a great impact on critica crim
-faults the economic system for producing the conditions that lead to high crime rates
deviant act becomes a crime
a deviant act becomes a crime when it is deemed socially harmful or dangerous and is defined, prohibited, and punished under criminal law
Consensus view of crime
implies that crimes are behaviors that all members of society consider to be repugnant, be they rich and powerful or poor and powerless
conflict view of crime
sees society as a collection of diverse groups who are in a constant and continuing struggle to gain political power in order to advance their economic or social situation
encouraging revenge
not a legitimate social goal of the criminal law
american legal system
direct descendent of british common law
Code of Hammurabi
the most famous set of written laws of the ancient world was a code based on punishment via physical retaliation 'an eye for an eye'
under common law, it a royal judge successfully applied a ruling in a number of different cases and published that ruling in order that other judges cold apply the ruling in their subsequent decisions, the ruling would become a precedent
serious crimes
minor crimes
primary source of crime data collected by the FBI
What shortcoming in the UCR is addressed by the National Crime Victimization survey?
nonreporting issue
the process of selecting for study a limited number of subjects who are representative of entire groups sharing similar characteristics, called the population
The UCR expresses data as raw figures, crime rates, and changes in the number and rate over time. How are crime rates expressed in the UCR?
rates per 100,000 total U.S. population
While self-report studies can be used to examine the offense history of prison inmates and drug users, most self-report studies have focused on
youth crime
The reporting accuracy of self-report studies is impacted by
the "missing cases" phenomenon.
How does today's violent crime rate compare to the violent crime rate in 1991?
Today's violent crime rate as decreased by nearly 40%.
Most criminologists believe that homicide data are the most accurate and valid UCR statistics. What do data indicate about homicide rates?
Between 1991 and 2008, homicide rates dropped 40%.
Referring to the ecology of crime, when is crime most likely to happen?
on July 1st with a temperature of 80 degrees
People living in poverty are believed to engage in disproportionate amounts of _____ crimes, such as rape and assault, as a result of their rage, anger, and frustration against society.
Some criminologists believe that the key to desistance and aging out is linked to human biology. What biological process accounts for desistance and aging out?
the level of hormone activity in the brain
proliferation of handguns
Franklin Zimring and Gordon HAwkins believe this to be the single most significant factor seperating the crime problem in the US from that of the rest of the developed world
law enforcement practices
UCR data associates social class with crime, indicating higher crime rates in inner-city, high poverty areas. an alternative explanation for the association between social class and crime is this
In Wolfgang et al.'s famous study of male juvenile delinquents, what percentage were chronic offenders?
% of female chronic offenders
Discovery of the chronic offender has forced criminologists to consider _____ in their explanations of crime.
persistence and desistence
long term stress associated with crime victimization resulting in depression, anxiety, flashbacks, and recurring nightmares
Being abused or neglected as a child __________ the odds of being arrested, both as a juvenile and as an adult.
50% lower
People living in rural areas have a victimization rate almost __________ than that of city dwellers.
Women are more likely to be victimized by someone they know.
Gender affects victimization risk. Which of the following is a significant gender difference?
the cycle of violence.
Victims of crime, especially childhood abuse, are more likely to commit crime themselves. This abuse-crime phenomenon is termed
target vulnerability
refers to a victim's physical weakness or psychological stress that renders them incapable of resisting or deterring crime
research on males and females indicates a strong association between victimization and ___.
Routines Activity Theory
the view that victimization results from the interaction of three everyday factors: the availability of suitable targets, the absences of capable guardians, and the presences of motivated offenders
Victim risk diminishes rapidly after age
According to Cohen and Felson, why did crime rates increase between 1960 and 1980?
guardians decreased as a result of increased female participation in the workforce
Crisis Intervention Programs
programs that assist victims who feel isolated and vulnerable and who are in need of immediate or emergency services
victim precipitation theory
Which victimization theory claims that victims may initiate, either actively or passively, the confrontation that leads to their victimization?
Victim-Offender reconciliation programs
mediated face to face encoutners between victims and their attackers that are designed to produce restitution agreements are called:
According to deviant place theory, the greater their exposure to dangerous places, the more likely people will become victims of crime and violence. Which factor does not characterize a deviant/dangerous place?
a neighborhood with educational and residential properties
Target anagonism
Tom has been repeatedly victimized while wearing the home team's football jersey while sitting on the visiting team's side of the football field. What aspect of repeat victimization accounts for Tom's troubles?
victim advocates.
Counselors who help victims to understand the operations of the criminal justice system, who guide victims through the justice process, and who may provide transportation to and from court are called
The National Crime Victimization Survey is considered superior to the Uniform Crime Report because:
It provides are more accurate picture of the extent of crime in America
Rational choice theory has roots in the __________ school of criminology developed by the Italian social thinker, Cesare Beccaria.
at the end of the 19th century, the popularity of the classical approach began to decline as ____ criminologists focused their attentions on internal and external factors, such as poverty, IQ, and education, rather than personal choice and decision making
cost-benefit analysis
Gary Becker
-criminals engage in cost benefit analysis of crime
edge work
the high or excitement of successfully executing illegal activities in dangerous situations
crime discouragers
mechanical forms. cameras, lighting, etc
Crime is ________ because criminals will react selectively to the characteristics of an individual criminal act.
general deterrence
concept of general deterrence holds that the decision to commit crime can be controlled by the threat of criminal punishment
perception of punishment
people who believe that they will be caught if hey commit crime are the ones most likely to be deterred from committing criminal acts
Research on the immediate impact of well-publicized executions:
failed to find evidence that an execution produces an immediate decline in the murder rate
Which aspect of deterrence theory do theorists believe to have the greatest effect on deterring crime?
certainty of punishment
Sociologist Jack Katz argues that there are situational inducements to criminality that directly precede the commission of crime and draw offenders into law violations. Katz termed these inducements the
seductions of crime
Economist Steven Levitt concludes that each person put behind prison bars results in a decrease of ___ serious crimes per year.
________ are segments of the population whose members have a relatively similar portion of desirable belongings, and who share attitudes, values and norms.
social classes
Oscar Lewis argues that the crushing lifestyle of lower-class areas produces ________ that is passed on from one generation to the next.
culture of poverty
Trait theory
reflects the view that criminality is a product of abnormal biological or psychological traits
the most abundant androgen, has been linked to criminality
locations with the highest conc. of lead also report highest levels of
brain scanning techniques using electronic images suggest which of he following statements is true
both violent criminals and substance abusers have impairment in the pre-frontal lobe
Cultural deviance theory combines elements of _____ and social disorganization theories.
in adoption studies, which of the following strongly predicted a childs criminal behavior
a criminal biological father
contagion effect
occurs when people become deviant because they are influenced by others with whom they are in close contact
Strain theory holds that crime is a function of
conflict between people's goals and means.
Shaw and McKay explained crime and delinquency within the context of
the changing urban environment and ecological development of the city.
genetic theory holds that criminality-producing traits are
according to the psychoanalytical perspective, the _____ develops as a result of incorporating within the personality the moral standards and values of parents, community, and significant others
Freud developed ______ psychology that has remained a prominent segment of psychological theory ever since
social learning theory holds that
people learn to be aggressive through their life experiences
psychopaths and crime
psychopaths tend to continue their criminal careers long after other offenders age out of crime
social classes
segments of he population whose members have a relatively similar portion of desirable belongings, and who share attitudes, values and norms
Oscar Lewis argues that the crushing lifestyle of lower-class areas produces _____ that is passed on from one generation to the next
culture of poverty
according to Shaw and McKay a ____ neighborhood is an area wracked by extreme poverty and suffering high rates of population turnover
Social ecology school criminologists associate crime rates and the need for police services to
community deterioration
as working middle-class families flee inner-city poverty areas, the most disadvantaged population is consolidated in urban ghettos. the phenomenon results in a poverty:
concentration effect
when members of he lower-class are unable to achieve symbols of success via conventional means they feel anger, frustration, and resentment, referred to as :
Merton's social adaptation most closely associated with criminal behavior
What two elements of culture interact to produce anomie and/or anomic conditions?
culturally defined goals and socially approved means for obtaining them
Walter Miller identified the unique conduct norms that define the lower-class culture and that often clash with conventional values -> not one of these norms
Cohen's theory of delinquent sulbcultures focuses on social conditions that prevent lower-class youths from achieving success legitimately. Cohen labesls this form of culture conflict as:
status frustration
social process theories share one basic concept:
All people, regardless of their race, class, or gender, have the potential to become delinquents or criminals
social control theory suggests that
crime occurs when the forces that bind people to society are weakened or broken
Judith and Peter Blau developed the concept of __________, the idea that anger and mistrust result from perceptions of inequality that lead lower-class people to feel deprived and embittered in comparison with those more affluent.
relative deprivation
__________ reflects the view that multiple sources of strain interact with an individual's emotional traits and responses to criminality.
General Strain Theory
Subcultural values are handed down from one generation to the next in a process called
cultural transmission
Social reaction theory suggests that
people become criminals when significant members of society label them as such.
_________ refers to a style of parenting with parents who are supportive and who effectively control their children in a non-coercive way.
parental efficacy
According to the author, which of the following is accurate regarding why troubled kids choose delinquent peers?
Troubled kids do so out of necessity rather than desire.
Adolescents who do not receive affection from their parents during childhood are
more likely to use illicit drugs and be more aggressive as they mature.
Religion and belief impact criminal behavior. Even children in high crime areas are better able to resist drug use if they
attend religious services
not one of the major principles of differential association
differential associations may vary in meaning, reliability, and intention
Edward Sutherland's differential association theory states that :
criminal behavior is learned like any other behavior
refers to moving in and out of delinquency or shifting between conventional and deviant values.
Which of the following research findings supports the core principles of differential association theory?
Crime appears to be intergenerational.
Neutralization theory points out that
even the most committed criminals and delinquents are not involved in criminality all the time.
Criminals sometimes neutralize wrongdoings by "appealing to higher loyalties." Which of the following would be an example of that technique?
Attacking someone who is arguing with a friend.
Criminals sometimes neutralize wrongdoings by maintaining that the crime victim "had it coming". example of which technique of neutralization
denial of responsibility
What does Topalli's research on street criminals indicate?
street criminals do not experience guilt that requires neutralization
Travis Hirschi states that the social bonds a person maintains with society are divided into four main elements. not one of these elements
Hirschi tested the principal hypothesis of social control theory. While evidence was strong and supportive, what is the most controversial aspect of his conclusions
any form of social attachment is beneficial , even to deviant peers and parents
Which of the following issues has been raised regarding the validity of social control theory?
Delinquency may lead to weakened social bonds, not vice versa.
the boyhood friend of a convicted murderer is interviewed by the media and reports that the offender was withdrawn, suspicious, and negativistic as a youth. this is an example of
retrospective reading
__________ is a process whereby secondary deviance pushes offenders out of the mainstream of society and offenders begin their escalating cycle of deviance.
deviance amplification
The process of becoming stigmatized by crime labels is interactive. Labeling theorists blame the establishment of criminal careers on
crime control agencies
According to conflict theorists, societal conflict promotes crime by
creating a social atmosphere in which the law is a mechanism for controlling have-not members of society.
According to critical theorists, crime is a
political concept designed to protect the power and position of the upper classes.
Profits produced by the laboring classes are accrued by business owners who use these profits for reinvestment or to enrich themselves. This key crime-producing effort of modern corporate capitalism is termed
surplus value
Supranational criminology is a specialization of critical theory that focuses on which type of crimes?
war crimes
____ describes the anti-social behaviors that arise from efforts to maintain governmental power or to uphold the race, class, and gender advantages of those who support the government.
state (organized) crime
Some government experts use the "ticking Bomb scenario," to justify which type of state crime?
While mainstream criminologists criticize critical criminologists, what do critical criminologists accuse mainstream criminologists of doing?
selling out their ideals for the chance to receive government funding
According to Messerschmidt's views in Capitalism, Patriarchy, and Crime what factor explains why females in society commit fewer crimes than males?
double marginality
John Lea and Jock Young, leaders of the leftist realism movement, contend that
the poor are doubly abused, first by the capitalist system and then by members of their own class.
Girls growing up in ______ are socialized to fear legal sanctions more than males; consequently, boys in these families exhibit more delinquent behavior than their sisters.
paternalistic families
Which of the following is true regarding restorative justice programs?
Restoration programs have been part of peacekeeping in Asian, Native American and Native Canadian communities for centuries.
A number of restorative justice experts, including Gordon Bazemore, have suggested that restorative justice should be organized around the principle of
the integrative methodology in the early research of _____ formed the basics of todays developmental approach
Eleanor Glueck and Sheldon Glueck
Latent trait theorists believe human development is controlled by a master trait present at birth or soon after that results in
an increased propensity to commit crime.
using data from a longitudinal study of Pittsburgh youth, Loeber identified distinct pathways to crime. Which pathway begins at an early age with stubborn behavior
the authority conflict pathway
Why is early onset an important factor in crime?
Because early onset of antisocial behavior predicts later and more serious criminality.
One of the key principles of life course theory is that
the seeds of a criminal career are planted early in life.
because it assumes that human character is selfish, self-serving and hedonistic, the general theory of crime is criticized for
misreading human nature
Which empirical evidence supports the general theory of crime?
Low self-control is significantly related to antisocial behavior and the association can be seen regardless of culture or national setting.
Which of the following statements regarding gender differences and the general theory of crime is accurate?
There is little evidence that males are more impulsive than females.
According to latent trait theory, when does a latent trait appear?
at birth or soon after