Some criminal justice students have questioned the need to learn
about criminological theory because it is not related to the real world,
or at least the field of criminal justice. Many students and
professionals believe that the fast pace of policing neighborhoods and
the practice of investigation is a science of practicality, not of
In an essay of 3–4 pages, discuss at least 3 policies on the
left-hand side below, and discuss which of the theories on the
right-hand side might have influenced these policies. The policies and
theories are not listed in any particular order, and any policy could be
related to any of the theories on the list. You may also use other
polices not listed, as long as you relate these policies to the ideas
found in the Theories column. As you answer each question, you must
provide support or evidence that will enhance and empirically prove your
answers. Academic criminal justice articles or real-life criminal
justice findings that are found in journals or other academic sources
must be used in supporting your answers. Please use APA format for all
cited sources, including your reference page.
Additionally, be sure to follow these directions:
Dedicate about 1 page to the analysis of each policy.
Policies should only be described briefly, with most of the discussion concerning the theoretical underpinnings of the policy.
should discuss the main objectives of the policy and how these
objectives are related to criminological theory. If possible, you should
discuss the historical contexts of the policies and the theoretical
ideas that led to their creation.