The Rational Offender. The “Classical School” Deterrence Theory Rational Choice Theory Routine Activities Theory. Social Context of the “Classical” School. Prior to the 1700s “The devil made me do it” Punishments/justice system? . Social Context II.
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The “Classical School”
Rational Choice Theory
Routine Activities Theory
1. Humans are Rational (cost/benefit)
2. Humans are self-interested and hedonistic
3. Human behavior can be controlled through certain, swift, severe punishment
Perceived risk, severity SR crime
SR crime perceptions or certainty/risk