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CJ203 Grantham University Criminal Behavior Theories Paper


Grantham University

Question Description

Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the criminal behavior theories. Which theory do you think is most applicable to the cause of criminal behavior today and why? Support your answer.

  • 2-3 pages double spaced
  • Use at least two reliable sources other than the text (not Wikipedia)

Final Answer


Criminal Behavior Theories
The classical theory of criminology arose to respond to the European arbitrary criminal justice
system in the eighteenth century. It emphasizes that the government is responsible for regulating
and punishing unsuitable behavior by individuals incapable of guiding their own actions,
individuals are rational actors capable to logically ascertain whether the pleasure they derive from
a criminal act surpasses the potential sanction and inhibiting individuals from engaging in criminal
activities could be achieved if the punishments outweighed the rewards. Strengths of the classical
theory include being the foundation for various theories e.g. routine activity, self-control and
rational choice theories, it is testable and it also influenced the legal system. Its weaknesses include
the assumption of every individual’s rati...

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