Theories of Crime

Theories of Crime

Is justice just? Sometimes, what is legal is not always perceived by the public as “justice.” Many laws define criminal acts and the punishment that will be meted out in the event of a criminal offense. However, there sometimes seems to be a disconnect between what actions are considered criminal in nature and who gets charged for it. Sometimes, people committing the same criminal acts receive different treatments even though they are tried under the same courts of law.

Based on the premise that people committing the same criminal acts receive different treatments, read the articles below and answer the questions that follow.

Miller, N. P. (2006). “What kind of liberty? Competing visions of freedom . . .” Liberty:

           Magazine of Religious Freedom, 101(2). SIRS Researcher.

From the Argosy University online library resources:

Consider your readings so far and answer the following questions.

  • How do you balance the ideals and principles set forth in the Constitution with the realities discussed in the articles presented to you?
  • What role does the crime control perspective play in your thinking regarding the application of the Constitution?
  • Is justice applied fairly when crime control is taken into perspective? Why or why not?

This assignment should be at least five pages long, but no longer than ten pages, and double spaced. All CJA papers should be submitted using APA format, i.e., Times New Roman 12, double spaced with title page and reference page. See the APA manual for an examples.


Assignment 3 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
Demonstrated an understanding of the given topic material and explained the balance between principles of the Constitution and the ones given in the articles.
Applied the given resources effectively and explained the role of crime control perspective in the application of the Constitution.
Analyzed the appropriateness of the crime control perspective in the application of the Constitution.
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in the accurate representation and attribution of sources; and displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

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