characteristics of criminal behaviour (10 mark describe)

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  • Created on: 22-10-21 11:58
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  • characteristics of criminal behaviour
    • definition (1)
      • defined differently concerning a variety of legal and cultural circumstances
        • eg. the UK does not recognise a crime without a actus reus (guilty act) and a mens rea (guily mind)
    • Andrews and Bonta (2010) (2)
      • posited a 4 category system for identifying crimes
        • 1. legal (punishable by state/law) eg. murder          2. moral (prohibited by religion/morality) eg. adultery        3. social (punishable by a community) eg. vandalism      4. psychological (committed for the pleasure of the criminal at the expense of a victim) eg. emotional abuse
    • Farr and Gibbon (1990) (3)
      • created a system to characterise seven kinds of crime
        • 1. 'property predatory crime' (attempting to take or taking someone else's property)       2. 'property fraudulent crime' eg. grand larceny, fraud             3. 'general interpersonal violence' eg. homicide assault          4. 'sexual interpersonal violence' eg. ****, harassment
        • 5. 'transactional vice' (victimless exchanges of goods or services) eg. prostitution, drug dealing   6. 'order disruption' eg. rioting           7. 'folk/mundane crime' eg. fishing without a license
    • characteristics of criminal offenders (4)
      • eg. acquisitive offenders (seek access to criminal activity for personal gain, usually have an intellectual or financial motive.)
      • eg. disorganised murderer (commits unplanned disorganised homicides against randomly selected victims. tend to have a lower IQ, be unemployed and have a history of sexual dysfunction or failed relationships)


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