Crime Descriptive Essay by ABCs

A discussion on crime and crime classification.
# 111445 | 1,519 words | 2 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Jan 21, 2009 in Criminology (General)

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This paper talks about crime and its classifications. The author defines natural crimes as acts that are almost universally considered wrong even if they were not against the law and legal crimes as acts or improper behavior that break the law. The paper gives examples of crimes in each classification and discusses how ethical issues can result. The author also discusses briefly, environmental crimes and the legislation involved.

From the Paper:

"Some laws and the legal crimes associated with breaking them may in fact be unjust: a perfect example of legal crimes based on immoral laws is Jim Crow or other legal forms of racial discrimination. Therefore, a legal crime might not be a natural crime and vice-versa. Drug possession and use are legal crimes but not natural crimes; they are crimes only because of legislation. The canon of legal crimes varies from country to country, state to state; what is tolerated in some places is not in others. Likewise, what is considered a natural crime differs from place to place. In some locales, abortion is considered a natural crime as well as a legal one; in others it is neither."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bureau of Justice. Statistics home page. Retrieved June 17, 2008 from
  • "What We Investigate." FBI. Retrieved June 17, 2008 from

Cite this Descriptive Essay:

APA Format

Crime (2009, January 21) Retrieved April 19, 2021, from

MLA Format

"Crime" 21 January 2009. Web. 19 April. 2021. <>