People make choices that maximize benefits and minimize costs to themselves Favors a “get-tough” approach to crime—Make crime cost more. Rational Choice. Rational Choice. Deterrence
Favors a “get-tough” approach to crime—Make crime cost moreRational Choice
Since humans calculate costs versus benefits, you have to make punishments severe enough to make crime cost more than the benefits.
Make the punishments severe enough for banned behaviors so that people in general will avoid those behaviors.
Punish identified offenders enough so that they will not violate rules again.
Situational Crime Prevention
Identify situations that make crime more likely, and “harden” and observe the target more.
Related to “Broken Window Theory”
Routine Activities Theory
Agnew, Page 133, Ways to prevent delinquency traits (how if they are inherited?)
In other words, foster a “conventional” mental map.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
I call this the “stop, drop, and roll!” approach to delinquency.
You can train delinquents to avoid crime and status offenses by teaching them to behave more conventionally.
Kids learn to:
People are “Lazy Thinkers”
Human choice-making is “boxed in” by these cognitive restrictions:
Education is partly an effort to overcome many of these restrictions to make people rational. Think back to “stop, drop, and roll!”