Why do juveniles who come from “good” families become delinquents?. Crime is pleasurable. Jack Katz Seductions of Crime James Q Wilson Thinking About Crime. Review of Deterrence Theory. Deterrence Specific Deterrence General Deterrence Absolute deterrence Incapacitation
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Seductions of Crime
Thinking About Crime
What affects “expected utility?”
1. Probability of arrest/conviction
2. Severity of punishment
3. “Other variables”
a. Income available in legal or illegal activities
b. Willingness to commit an illegal act
c. Intelligence, age, education, family upbringing….
Rational Calculation of Pleasure vs Pain
Do the benefits of this crime outweigh what I am going to get?
Assumption is that they are always present