Instructions: This paper, includes two parts: A biography or case (1-2-pages) of

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Instructions:
This paper, includes two parts:
A biography or case (1-2-pages) of a person’s background and their subsequent involvement in criminal behavior. You may choose to address topics including, but not limited to, the person’s neighborhood, socioeconomic status, race, family structure, peer groups, physical environment, personality traits, goals, and anticipated costs and benefits of engaging in crime.
The case study should function as an illustration of one of the theories we have learned about over the course of this class. As you write it, keep in mind the major assumptions of the theory you choose, regarding what factors (social, individual, structural, environmental, etc.) lead a person toward crime. You do not have to explicitly state these theoretical assumptions within the biography, but instead make sure that the theory is reflected in the person’s decisions and actions. Be sure your facts and examples are specific enough to relate to the theory’s concepts.
A theoretical application section (2-pages) addressing the following (please write this in paragraph form, not in question/answer form):
Describe the theory you chose. How does it account for the origins of criminal behavior?
How does the theory you chose explain the offender’s behavior?
Describe a specific policy change that could be made to ensure that people like the offender presented do not engage in crime.
Papers should be written in 12 point font, Times New Roman, and double spaced.
You should also include:
A reference page listing all sources cited. at minimum some of the materials assigned for the course, although you are welcome to use outside scholarly sources to support your arguments.)
Submit via Blackboard by MAY 20th at 11:59pm
Grading Rubric for Criminological Theory Writing Assignment
In terms of grading, you will be assessed according to the following areas:
Case Study: Ability to construct an overview of the casse, offender & victimology to fit with your choice of theory.
Description of Theory: Ability to provide specific detailed information explaining the theory’s assumptions.
Application of Theory: Ability to correctly explain how the theory you chose explains the behavior of the offender and case.
Policy Recommendation: Discuss a policy recommednation, rooted in your chosen theory, which could prevent future offending of the type your offender engaged in.
Writing Quality: Make sure to proofread your papers for spelling, grammar, phrasing, formatting, etc.
1
Biography/Case Study
7 points
2
Description of Theory
7 points
3
Application of Theory
7 points
4
Policy Recommendation
4 points
5
Writing Quality:
5 points
Total points: 30 points
NOTES:
The theory you choose must be a specific theory, not a general category of criminological theories. For example, choosing “developmental theory” would not be appropriate, because this is a category that contains several theories; however, you could choose “Moffitt’s theory of adolescence-limited vs. life-course offending” from within that category. Similarly, you should not choose “environmental theory” but you could choose “routine activity theory” as a specific theory that falls under that area. Make sure you can explain exactly which theory you have chosen and which theorist(s) came up with it. Some examples of theories you might choose are listed below.
EXAMPLES OF THEORIES:
Deterrence theory (Beccaria, Stafford & Warr), Rational choice theory (Cornish & Clarke), Biosocial and trait theories* (if you choose this one, you should find literature that is more specific than the general overview we covered in class), Differential association theory (Sutherland & Cressey), Social learning theory (Akers), Social disorganization theory, Classic strain theory (Merton), General strain theory (Agnew), Developmental theory of adolescence-limited vs. life-course-persistent offending (Moffitt), Age-graded social bond theory (Sampson & Laub), Social bond theory (Hirschi), General theory of crime AKA self-control theory (Gottfredson & Hirschi), Structural theory addressing race differences (Sampson & Wilson), Subcultural theory (Anderson and/or Miller), Routine activity theory (Cohen & Felson), Situational crime prevention theory (Clarke, Newman) and Broken windows theory (Wilson & Kelling)
Examples of Cases to use:
Richard Speck, King Tone, Claus Von Bulow, Peter Rollack, Pamela Smart, Karla Holmoka. Andrew Cunanan, Richard Kukllinski, etc.

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