The concept of deviance in sociology is a broad one, encompassing many forms of behavior, legal and illegal, ordinary and unusual. Crime is one form of deviance, specifically, behavior that violates specific criminal laws. School violence, shootings in the workplace, drive by shootings: these are the images of violence in America. Violence is growing more rapidly among youth than any other groups - both as victims and as perpetrators. (Becker, 2004) What can be done about violence?...
It has indeed been proven that the media portrays a very negative image on violent crimes as perpetrated by black Americans and this to a large extent  impacts on the law, regulations, and public perceptions on the violent crimes. For instance, a violent crime such as rape has been painted as a grim reality that all of us need to be aware. This has had the effect of even influencing the way law makers perceive rape. It has eventually led to stringent laws being developed to deal with the crime...
The offence of burglary is defined by section 9 of the Theft Act 1968. It states that a person is guilty of committing the offence of burglary if they enter a building as a trespasser with the intent to steal or indeed attempts or is successful in stealing anything in the building. (Theft Act, 1968) Despite the fact that the number of burglaries that have been committed has consistently decreased over the past 15 years, it still remains one of the most prevalent forms of criminal attack in the...
"Juvenile crime touches millions of people in the United States each year, imposing substantial cost on society."(Jacob and Lefgren, 2003, p. 1560) "The rate at which juveniles were arrested for violent crimes rose 79 percent between 1978 and 1993"(Levitt, 1998, p. 1156). "In 1997, law enforcement officials arrested 2.8 million people under the age of 18" (Jacob and Lefgren, 2003, p.1560). Minorities represent a significant portion of those arrested. Years of data...
The Criminal Justice System is increasingly drawing attention to male victims of sexual and violent crime, but some of those responses are, to some degree, uneven and lacking equity. This essay will first focus on the definition of 'victim' and the types of victimisation that males' experience. Then the general responses of the Criminal Justice System and other agencies will be examined, and the uneven responses to male victims will be shown. Additionally, masculinity, a main reason why male...
People of all ages realize that illegal drug use can cause crime. There is a significant link between drug use and illegal behavior arises from purchase or possession of drugs that is illegal (Abadinsky, 2010). Maxfield and Babbie (2011) contend that drug users are apt to perpetrate crime more than nonusers. In the year 2000, analysis of data revealed that illicit drug users were around 16 times more likely than nonusers to account for the arrest of theft and accused of larceny and 9 times...
Sociologists investigate the effects of society on criminal and deviant behaviour and seek to understand individuals and their situations. They do this by gathering and utilizing information on age, gender, social class, race and ethnicity. Crime is specifically associated with behaviors that break the formal written laws of any given society; for example, British law states that seatbelts must be worn whilst driving a car. Deviance describes behaviors which infringe cultural norms and values...
There is an ever increasing reliance on private security companies to take on the role of protecting both public and private facilities around the world. There are 852 Security Companies operating in Pakistan employing over 350,000 people and representing a business of over half a billion US dollars (Tyab, 2012). Private security business is flourishing day by day due to law and order situation in the country. Private security personnel are asked to be on the front line for any emergent...
The Criminal Justice Field has had many great developments and contributions made by many people all around the world that have affected it evolution. These contributions have affected the criminal investigative process and forensic science area in the criminal justice field. Law enforcement officers have many roles and procedures that have significance in the field of criminal justice; these roles include police officers as first responders, crime scene investigators as collectors,...
Current studies have displayed the media (specifically mass media) as being more open, varied, persistent, and powerful than previous researchers had argued. The media not only reports on occurrences but also directly participates in the processes that such occurrences are composed and take form in the world. The mass media is inseparable from people and the various channels they use in seeking justice but is an integral part of their daily processes in their quest for justice. It is in this...