Activity 2:  Theory and Practice in Criminal Justice

To prepare for this Activity, carefully review the criminological theories presented in your textbook. You also must utilize outside sources to support your answers to this Activity. Your Activity responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the Activity itself. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your response and document in a bibliography using APA style. (100 points)  (A 4-page response is required for the combination of Parts A and B.)

Write an essay that addresses the following issues. Use examples from your own observations and experiences to justify your choice. Be sure your examples conform to the theoretical explanation.

 

Part A        Theory:  This section will comprise the first part of the essay. Select one (1) theory you believe provides the most comprehensive explanation for criminal behavior today, as well as an emergent perspective you believe greatly impacts that theory, and include the following issues in your essay. Give scholarly examples to support your statements.

 

  1. Outline the theory and explain why you chose it.

 

  1. Explain an emergent perspective and how it interacts with your chosen theory.

 

  1. Would your answer differ for violent crime? For property crime? Does your answer differ for adults and juveniles? Explain.

 

Part B        Suggestions for Change:  This section will comprise half of the essay. Given your choice, what three (3) criminal justice system policy changes would you suggest and why?

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