Inside a Convict's Mind

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Personal Application of CriminologyOne of the leading problems we have today is the crime rate and that it is not getting any better with people not doing anything. People are not born criminals; they are raised into being criminals, by how they are treated by their parents when they are young. If your parents did not show you very much attention when you were younger and did not get mad when you did something wrong, you are more likely to keep doing things wrong because you know there is no consequences for your actions. That will lead to bigger things that you do wrong, until finally you break the law. When you are young most police departments will just send you home with your parents so you do not learn anything from that. Another reason why kids break the law is to look cool in front of their friends and so they can join their group.

I think children break the law because they are bored and they have nothing else to do, in addition.

Some people say criminal’s break the law because they are mentally challenged and they do not know right from wrong; however, clinical psychologist Stanton Samenow, author of the book “Inside the Criminal Mind,” says criminals are the way they are because that is what they choose to do. From his experience, Samenow argues that even if criminals have a mental illness, they commit crimes because they want to do so. Many people have mental illness, but very few of them commit crimes (Genre, n.d.). Also, criminals are quick to pick up on psychological jargon and get good at feeding it back to the counselors. In other words, crooks are good at swindling mental health workers. If someone thinks they are nuts, not...