Criminological Theory

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Essay #: 066026
Total text length is 13,839 characters (approximately 9.5 pages).

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Criminological Theory
A. Introduction of the Scenario
The scenario which I will discuss in this essay introduces the challenges faced by Lisa, a 21-year-old female who has dealt with a dysfunctional childhood, and has had difficulties developing the skills to manage her life successfully. Affected by verbal and physical abuse as a child and adolescent, Lisa left home, and her alcoholic father, when she was only 14 years of age. A high school dropout by 16, Lisa has suffered from ongoing drug and alcohol addiction issues. At 21 years of age, Lisa was arrested and convicted of four counts of fraud, but is lacking concern for her personal welfare and the fact that she will soon likely go to prison. In this essay, I will compare and contrast...
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.....isorganization theory, in that she feels, on some level, that this is a better option for her than her present circumstances. Nonetheless, her rational choice to pursue this path is likely a positive one, unless the prison to which she is sent has its own social disorganization which leads to further challenges in her life. Over time, however, perhaps she will be able to get the support she needs to break free of this cycle.
References
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Braga, A. (2008). Problem-Oriented Policing and Crime
Prevention. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press.
Clear, T. and Cadora, E. (2002). Community Justice. New York:
Wadsworth Publishing.