Chapter Four:. Choice Theory: Because They Want To. Chapter Objectives. Be familiar with the concept of rational choice Know the work of Beccaria Be familiar with the concept of offense-specific crime Be familiar with the concept of offender-specific crime
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Because They Want To
The idea that offenders react selectively to the characteristics of particular crimes
The idea that offenders must decide whether they have the prerequisites to commit a successful criminal act.
The decision to commit crime is structured by
(a specialist vs. a generalists)
(people with “dirty” hands make suitable targets)
Serves specific goals:
1. guardians: who monitor targets (store security guards)
2. handlers: who monitor potential offenders (parole officers and parents)
3. managers: who monitor places (homeowners and door way attendants)