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Ch 3: Basic Theories of Crime

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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a basic crime theory unit of a standard criminal justice course. Topics include:

  • Evaluation of mental competency
  • Criteria for reasonable suspicion
  • Prejudicial error rules and abuse
  • The standard of review for reversible error
  • Types of reversible error

16 Lessons in Chapter 3: Basic Theories of Crime
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Mental Competency in Law: Definition & Evaluation

1. Mental Competency in Law: Definition & Evaluation

In this lesson, you will learn about mental competency as well as the corresponding evaluation needed for it. You will also become familiar with its importance and why it is required within the judicial system.

Reasonable Suspicion: Legal Definition, Criteria & Examples

2. Reasonable Suspicion: Legal Definition, Criteria & Examples

The nature and circumstances of police and citizen contact determines whether the officer can detain, search and or arrest the citizen. Explore the legal standard of reasonable suspicion and what authority that gives the officer over a citizen.

Prejudicial Error: Definition, Rules & Abuse

3. Prejudicial Error: Definition, Rules & Abuse

When mistakes are made in a trial, the affected party can appeal based on those mistakes. Some mistakes are ruled to be prejudicial error. In this lesson we will define what a prejudicial error is and what it means to our trial system.

Reversible Error: Legal Definition & Standard of Review

4. Reversible Error: Legal Definition & Standard of Review

When an error is made during a trial, the affected party can appeal to a higher court. In this lesson we will look at what happens when that mistake is a reversible error and see how the appeals court makes that determination.

Reversible Error: Types & Examples

5. Reversible Error: Types & Examples

Judges make mistakes at trials all the time, the question is, what to do about it. In this lesson, we will define reversible error and explain what happens when one is made.

What is Biosocial Criminology?

6. What is Biosocial Criminology?

Have you ever wondered what contributes to why some individuals commit crime and others don't? In this lesson learn about the concept of biosocial criminology and the different factors that are considered when determining whether or not an individual is more likely to commit crimes.

Anthropological Criminology: Definition & Characteristics

7. Anthropological Criminology: Definition & Characteristics

The question of what causes someone to commit a crime has intrigued and confounded researchers for the last century. Anthropological criminology poses one answer to that question. In this lesson we will define and explore the characteristics of Anthropological Criminology.

Enrico Ferri: Biography, Books & Theory

8. Enrico Ferri: Biography, Books & Theory

In this lesson, we will learn about the life and work of Enrico Ferri, an Italian criminologist who examined the social causes of crime and authored works like Criminal Sociology.

Raffaele Garofalo: Biography & Contribution to Criminology

9. Raffaele Garofalo: Biography & Contribution to Criminology

The study of crime and punishment has had many contributors over the years. In this lesson, we will discover who Raffaele Garofalo is and what he brought to the field of criminology.

Scientific Racism: Definition & Examples

10. Scientific Racism: Definition & Examples

This lesson will define the concept of scientific racism and offer examples of how this concept was put into practice. In addition, scientific racism will be contextualized within the larger context of racist discourse.

Environmental Criminology: Definition, Theory & Crime Analysis

11. Environmental Criminology: Definition, Theory & Crime Analysis

Why do some people commit crimes and others don't? In this lesson we will learn the definition of Environmental Criminology and explore how it attempts to explain why people become criminals.

The Feminist School of Criminology: Definition & History

12. The Feminist School of Criminology: Definition & History

In this lesson, you will learn more about feminist criminology, what it is and how it came to be in the United States. You will also learn more about the historical flaws in the field of criminology when it comes to female offenders.

What is Left Realism in Criminology?

13. What is Left Realism in Criminology?

Left realism claims to have the answer to solving crime and deviance, but have they taken a close enough look? Read on to see how crime and deviance affects our way of life.

Marxist Criminology: Definition, Theory & Examples

14. Marxist Criminology: Definition, Theory & Examples

Theories explaining the existence of crime have been around as long as crime. Once such theory is based on the political, social and economic ideas of Karl Marx. In this lesson, we will define Marxist Criminology theory and give examples of its application.

Postmodern Criminology: Definition, Theory & Examples

15. Postmodern Criminology: Definition, Theory & Examples

The study of crime has evolved greatly over the last several decades. In this lesson, we will define and explain the postmodern criminology theory and provide examples.

What is Right Realism in Criminology?

16. What is Right Realism in Criminology?

Essentially, right realism points a finger of accusation for the cause of crime, but the theories are in need of explanation. Right realism has met some significant opposition, especially in progressing political climates.

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