CRJ 308 Ashford University Online Week 3 Psychology of Criminal Behavior Paper

CRJ 308

Ashford University online


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Comprehensive Case Study Report

[WLOs: 1, 3, 4] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review the Week 3 Final Comprehensive Case Report Topic and Outline assignment and your discussions in Weeks 1, 3, and 4 that pertain to this Final Paper.

For the Final Paper, you will take on the role of a death penalty mitigation expert hired by the defense attorney to work as a sentencing advocate on behalf of the client/defendant. Based upon the chosen case from the attached list (that was selected in Week 1), you will create a comprehensive case study report arguing against the death penalty for your client (the perpetrator). This report will contain an analysis of the psychological factors that may have contributed to the commission of the crimes in the chosen case study and how these psychological factors should be considered a basis for a prison sentence less than the death penalty.

In your online classroom, select the link “Killer Bios” for a list of these infamous murderers. In that link, you will find several Ashford University Library sources on each murderer. In addition, there are some starter links listed below under each name.

In your paper,

  • Summarize the chosen case.
  • Evaluate the biopsychosocial factors that led the client to commit his or her crimes.
    • Explain the psychological, situational/social, and biological factors that you believe led to the offender’s criminality.
  • Evaluate how these factors may have contributed to committing violent crimes.
    • Identify whether your client suffered from a mental illness.
    • Identify the diagnosis and how the diagnostic criteria was met.
  • Evaluate the ACEs score you calculated for your client in the Week 3 Adverse Childhood Experiences discussion, to the extent that you were able to answer the questions based on what you could out about your client’s history.
    • Explain the impact of childhood trauma, abuse, and neglect may have on criminal behavior.
    • Examine whether your client had any events in life that could be considered traumatic such that this could have influenced the criminal behavior.
    • Explain what the scientific research says about the impact of trauma on criminal/violent behavior.
  • Analyze any other mitigating factors that may provide a credible argument against a death sentence for your client.

(That is, was your client gainfully employed? Did your client lack a significant criminal history prior to the most recent offenses? Mitigating factors can be anything that humanizes your client and thus makes him/her seem like a candidate for a lesser sentence than death).

  • Evaluate the mitigating circumstances found in this report.
  • Propose a specific psychosocial intervention based on your evaluation of the client and case such as counseling, medication, restitution, and so forth. (This proposed intervention will serve as your argument that the death penalty is not appropriate for your client based on these mitigating factors.)
  • Summarize your analysis and restate your intervention in the conclusion.

The Comprehensive Case Study Report

  • Must be six to eight double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted

For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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Final Answer



Psychology of Criminal Behavior
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The person in focus on this paper is Timothy McVeigh. He started as a soldier and
turned civilian in 1991. He planned and committed a crime that took him to jail in 1995 in
Oklahoma city in the country. The main motive of the attack was to send an anti-government
message. The act came after two major incident s by the government that led to the death of
innocent people especially women and children. He decided to make his bomb and chose the
building that would give the media the best view as they receive their messages (Madeira,
2014). He pleaded guilty for the cases and handled the death penalty which was later turned to
life imprisonment.
McVeigh's motivation to commit the crime may have come from various areas such as
biopsychological factors such as psychological, social or biological. Considering his early life
and his life as a soldier, it outlines many biological factors that led to committing this crime. For
example, he lived with his father after parents’ divorce. His nature made him develop an interest
in the unique field of guns. When he was a soldier he was honored for his bravery. This is
something within him that could make him commit the crime without fear.
It is also evident that psychological problems are possible reasons why McVeigh planned
and conducted the crime as a way to send a message to the government. He was psychologically
tortured when he saw the government that should protect people is killing them. He believed that
his work was to protect the weak and poor. Therefore, he opted to make his voice heard by the
government through bombing. He strategically executed his plan and was successful. The desire
to see things go well and the protection of the people as a soldier may motive the criminal to
conduct the criminal act.



Social factors such as hardship he faced after his parent divorce may also make the
alleged criminal to conduct crime since it affected women and children. Before the divorce, his
parents fought frequently. Second, McVeigh also served as a soldier. Such an environment may
also motivate the alleged criminals to conduct such a crime. It is also worth noting that the
criminals also lived a life exposed to weapons that led to the development...

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