Presentation on theme: "Nature of Crime. Give quiz 2 Return quiz 1 at the end of class Any questions about assignments Athletes Supreme Court Cases I’ll cover in class."— Presentation transcript:
Nature of Crime
Give quiz 2 Return quiz 1 at the end of class Any questions about assignments Athletes Supreme Court Cases I’ll cover in class
Elements of the Criminal Justice System Goals of the Criminal Justice System Success (or lack of success) in meeting those goals
I. What is crime? II. Different types of crime III. Why does crime occur? IV. Information about crime?
What makes an act a crime? From a social science perspective, how do we determine what is a crime? Distinction made by Albanese (and others) ◦ Mala in se ◦ Mala prohibita
Really too many to mention but there are major categories Crimes against persons – examples Crimes against property – examples Crimes against public order - examples
Why doesn’t everyone just obey the law? Why don’t you just obey the law? ◦ Why do you violate the laws that you violate? ◦ Is it okay that you violate the law? ◦ Is it okay that others violate the law? ◦ How do we decide which laws to obey and which to violate? ◦ Is it okay to have everyone make that decision for themselves? Is there a better way to deal with law and obedience to law?
Where do we get our data about crime? Uniform Crime Reports National Crime Victimization Survey Other Sources? Strengths and Weaknesses of each?
Begin unit on the criminal law and how it relates to the criminal justice process