Causes Of Crimes

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM Causes of crime In the United States, criminology is primarily the province of the social sciences. Typically, college courses on criminology and juvenile delinquency are taught in sociology departments by professors knowledgeable in how the structure of society affects behavior. They use textbooks that devote extensive coverage to sociological and social-psychological explanations for crime.

Malcolm Gladwell's article challenge us to consider the possibility that some violent criminals are responding to neurological, rather than societal, conditions.

In this way, both biology and sociology/psychology may make important and necessary contributions to our understanding of criminal behavior.

The Criminal Justice System has three assumptions concepts matching with it: - The Polices - The Court - Corrections Today, I'd like to talk today about Corruption within the Police .

In years past, police corruption typically took the form of bribery, but today it's often brutality or extortion with innocent citizens, the victims.

Some experts contend that anticrime fervor has unleashed police without accountability to citizens. Others blame low pay and the lure of drug money. Police departments are experimenting with ways to reduce corruption.

Some cause of Police Misconduct.- Historically, police corruption has been identified with bribery, where cops accepted money from gangsters or small time criminals to overlook their offenses. But mark H. Moore, professor of criminal justice at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy school government, says today's brand of corruption generally involves abuse of criminal suspects rather than collusion with them.

He blames the new trend on the harsh anticrime, punish-the-criminal rhetoric that has swept the nation recently. "The society as a whole is ambivalent about the use of excess force and extralegal justice,"� he observes. Police officers are operating within the public's ambivalence"� when they beat up a suspect, extort money or lie about an arrest in an...