Topic: Chapter 1,2, & 3 Summary& Critique
Direction: Please read chapters 1, 2 & 3, and prepare a summary document for each chapter as follows: 1) identify at least five major arguments presented in the chapter or at least five things you learned from reading the chapter, 2) present a brief critique of the reading, and 3) your response to the critical thinking questions listed below and raise at least one question from the reading which you post on the discussion board for other students to respond to. Chapter 1 1.Is it fair to have a separate legal category for youths? Considering how dangerous young people can be, does it make more sense to group offenders on the basis of what they have done and not on their age? 2. Is it fair to institutionalize a minor simply for being truant or running away from home? Should the jurisdiction of status offenders be removed from juvenile court and placed with the state department of social services or some other welfare organization? Chapter 2: 1.Discuss the racial differences found in the crime rate. What factors account for differences in the African American and white crime rates? 2.Should kids who have been arrested more than three times be given mandatory incarceration sentences? Chapter 3 1.Is there such a thing as the “born criminal”? Are some people programmed at birth to commit crimes? 2. Apply psychodynamic theory to such delinquent acts as shoplifting and breaking and entering a house.3.Can delinquent behavior be deterred by the threat of punishment? If not, how can it be controlled?