Theories of Crime

In the United States, policy makers, law enforcement personnel, government officials, and many others work to develop laws and programs aimed at preventing crime and also reacting to crimes that have occurred. In developing these programs and policies, it is important to understand the types of people who commit certain crimes as well as the rationale behind criminal behavior.

In your role as a consultant to the city of Centervale, you should be able to demonstrate your knowledge about the theories of crime.

Submission Details:

By Saturday, June 11, 2016, in a minimum of 250 words, post to the Discussion Area your response to the following:

  • Briefly describe a newsworthy crime that occurred in your own area.
  • Select the theory of crime that you think best fits this crime situation.
  • Based on your textbook readings, explain the theory and why it is the best fit.


By Wednesday, June 15, 2016, read and respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by commenting on other possible theories of crime that they described.

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