Contemporary Criminology and Criminal Justice Theories Analytical Essay by eddievedder

Contemporary Criminology and Criminal Justice Theories
Takes a historical and philosophical look at contemporary criminology and criminal justice theories. I. Introduction a. Political Society b. Political Traditions c. American And French Revolutions II. Rule Of Law III. Criminal Justice IV. S
# 144755 | 2,043 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Oct 03, 2010 in Sociology (Theory) , Philosophy (Ethics) , Law (General) , Criminology (General)

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This paper examines the long history of the rule-of-law concept and its influence on many areas of public activity. The paper notes that this theory has had different and at times conflicting interpretations. The paper specifically addresses theories of criminal and delinquent behavior especially the social bond or social control theory. The paper concludes that, when discussing criminology and criminal justice theory, one must rely on their own moral instincts to assure the dignity of the person and society's faith in fairness.

Political Society
Political Traditions
American And French Revolutions
Rule Of Law
Criminal Justice
Self Control Theories
Institutional Performance

From the Paper:

"Individuals are capable of directing their own lives and fortune and of making their aid to civic well-being. Most lines of action in a society are conventional. These fundamental objectives are put in danger by uncontrolled criminality and by subjective responses of countervailing power by public officers or by laws as unsure in their meanings and applications as to deteriorate the sense of security of individual members of society; furthermore, the criminal justice system is the great educator."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Akers, Ronald. "A Social Learning Theory of Crime". Criminological Theory: Past to Present. Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing Company. 1994.
  • Cochrane, John. Melville, Gaynor. Marsh, Ian. "Criminal Justice: An Introduction to Philosophies, Theories and Practice". Routledge, 2004.
  • Melosi. "Gazette of Morality and Social Whip", Sage. 1970.
  • Pustilnik, Amanda. "Prisons of the Mind. Social Value and Economic Inefficiency in the Criminal Justice Response to Mental Illness". Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 96, 2005.
  • Skoll, Geoffrey. "Contemporary Criminology and Criminal Justice Theory. Evaluating Justice Systems in Capitalist Societies". Palgrave Macmillan, August 2009.

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