If the neighborhood or area that one lives in is closely related to
one's likelihood of being involved in crime, it would seem that the
neighborhood environment is directly correlated with crime. However,
there are many citizens who live in high-crime and impoverished areas
and refrain from committing crimes.
Please post an answer to the questions below. Support your answers
with academic or real-life criminal justice examples to accentuate your
point. Also, you must provide at least 2 feedback posts (3–5 paragraphs each) to 2 of your classmates. The questions are as follows:
Provide your opinion about the rates of violence (murder,
aggravated assault, rape, robbery) in the United States, and compare
them to at least 2 other industrialized countries (such as Canada,
England, or Germany).
If you find that the rates are much higher or much lower, why do you think this is true?
Discuss some of the difficulties you have experienced when comparing crime rates across countries.
Describe some of the social and economic factors that differentiate the United States from other countries.
Which of these do you think has influenced the rates of violence the most? Why?
Discuss some of the potential reasons for the United States’ high violence rate in comparison to other industrialized countries.
which criminological theories (such as, but not limited to, social
deviance, classical theory, differential association, positivism, social
structure, and control theory) may be used to explain the United
States' high rate of violence.
In your opinion, why do you think
some individuals within low-crime neighborhoods commit crimes while
many in high-crime areas refrain from crime?
Does this suggest that the environment has little impact on an individual’s criminal behavior? Explain.