Introduction to corrections
Why people commit crime
There are many theories on why people commit crime. There are biological theories that imply genetics has something to do with it. Then there is the psychological approach, which states that it has to do with the personality. Finally, there is the sociological approach which implies that it has to do with social bonds and the way that you are brought up, on whether or not you commit a crime. I have a strong belief that the sociological approach is the one that explains the best on why people commit crime. I believe that because people are brought up a certain way, they become ‘different” and more acceptable to committing crimes.
Biological theories state that certain physical attributes were passed down from parent to child, making the child more at risk of committing crimes. These earlier theories of crime focused on heredity, and were quick to make assumptions about the findings of the research. Our text book tells us that research into the biological theories of crime examine neurotransmitters, hormones, the central nervous system, and the autonomic nervous system. These theories do accept some social factors into the given thoughts. However, these theories still focus on the biological aspect of why crimes are committed. For neurotransmitters, there is the belief that those with lower levels of specific kinds of neurotransmitters are more likely to be anti-social.
There is a belief that when certain hormones are released it makes the individual more likely to act in an aggressive way.
Psychological theories are offenses that may be caused by mental factors or conflicts. Like...