Personal Criminological Theory Analytical Essay by Vulcan

Personal Criminological Theory
A description of the writer's personal criminological theory, explaining the occurrence of crime and why people commit crimes.
# 98270 | 724 words | 5 sources | APA | 2007 | US

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This paper describes the writer's perspective of criminological theory. It focuses on why people commit crimes and why people act the way that they do. It then describes the variables that the writer would consider and the methodologies he would use in order to evaluate his theory. The paper concludes that there are many theories that can assist in determining the reasons why things happen and there will be many more theories that will either agree or disagree with previous theorists.

From the Paper:

"Criminological theories in my perspective are theories from various individuals who have experience or education in criminal justice, sociology, psychology, science or biology. This is due to being able to read people behaviors and understand the mindset of why individuals would commit crimes. I believe everyone who had a theory studied and observed different cultures, communities, and family parenting to get the proof he or she needed to show that their theory has some merit. "Then others tested the theory and either added or improved the findings by using more sufficient information through their research. In other words, criminological theory is the study of criminal thinking and criminal behavior. If criminological and theory is broken down, it gives the definitions of theory is a speculation or abstract thought or contemplation, an ideal of or belief about something arrived through speculation, and a scientific principle to explain phenomena (Webster's New World, 2002). Criminological is the sociological study of crime, criminals and punishment of criminals (Webster's New World, 2002)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Calhoun, Craig. (2002). Broken windows theory. Retrieved June 21, 2007, from
  • Clarke, R.V. (1997). Situational Crime Prevention: successful case studies (2nd edition). NY: Harrow and Heston.
  • Fitzgerald, J. and Cox, S. (2002). Research methods and statistics in criminal justice. (3rd edition). Toronto, Ontario: Wadsworth-Thomson. ISBN: 0534534376.
  • Safetybasement: Why Do People Commit Crimes? (2005). Retrieved June 21, 2007, from
  • Webster's New World. (2002). Dictionary and Thesaurus. (2nd edition). Hungry Minds, Inc. ISBN: 0764565451

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