The discussion on nature versus nurture is one that pits two philosophical frameworks against each other. Nature is the concept that biologically and in personality, humans possess gifts, traits, and abilities that make them the distinct individuals whom they are in society. Nurture is the concept that individuals learn different traits, abilities, and gifts that define them in society.
In criminal justice, one must consider the following question: Is criminal behavior naturally a part of human beings since conception, or is criminal behavior a learned behavior?
Please post an answer to the following questions. Support your answers with academic or real-life criminal justice examples to accentuate your point:
Based on research and your reading assignment, discuss the merits of the idea that genetics are a source for criminal behavior. You should discuss the nature versus nurture debate as it relates to personality.
Be sure to provide examples that can be found through research studies and that have evidence linking genetics and crime, including twin studies, adoption studies, and testosterone studies.
Also, in addition to the items above, discuss your opinion of whether the environment is responsible for someone committing a crime or if it is a person’s genetic makeup. Examine genetic and biological evidence as well as psychological and sociological theory when making your case.
What are some of the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence surrounding genetics and crime?
Do you feel that police departments should consider or dismiss such findings?