Incapacitation in Criminal Justice: Definition, Theory & Effect


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Which of the following terms refers to the process of incarcerating repeat and violent offenders for longer periods of time?

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1. Which of the following is the primary goal of incapacitating offenders?

2. When society incapacitates an individual in response to a criminal offense, typically, what is done to the offender?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Incapacitation in criminal justice is the subject of these study tools. They will assess what you know about this area of study with quiz questions on certain topics the incarceration of repeat and violent offenders and the goals of incapacitation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Topics covered by this quiz include:

  • What happens to a person who is incapacitated for a criminal offense
  • A negative effect of incarceration as a form of incapacitation
  • The penal code where theft is punished by the removal of one's dominant hand

Skills Practiced

These study tools will help you to practice:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on incapacitation in criminal justice regarding the effects of incarceration as a form of incapacitation
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding what happens to an individual who has been incarcerated for a criminal offense and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a penal code where an offender who has committed a theft has their dominant hand publicly removed

Additional Learning

This lesson will help you to learn more about criminal justice. The lesson is named Incapacitation in Criminal Justice: Definition,Theory & Effect and it will bring to light the following goals:

  • Define incapacitation
  • Understand how it is applied
  • Assess some of its history and effects