Ashford 4: – Week 3 – Discussion 1
Rational Choice and Deterrence Theory
In Chapter 7 of Crime Prevention, Robinson states that “Rational choice and deterrence theories are two related theories that help understand why criminal justice – including crime control and crime prevention activities of police, courts, and corrections – should help us reduce crime in society” (2012). Answer one of the following questions:
- How do these theories help us understand the relationship between criminals and law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and society?
- What are some of the results we would expect to see if these theories are correct in assessing criminal activity?
- How would the rational choice and deterrence theories change the policing strategy of your department if you were in a police department utilizing traditional policing techniques or a department utilizing community oriented and problem solving techniques?
Your initial post must be a minimum of 250 words in length. Support your post with examples from your required reading material and /or other scholarly sources, and provide in-text citation in APA style.
Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. Robinson discusses many theories in Chapters 3 through 7. Select a theory other than rational choice or deterrence theories, and compare and/or contrast it to the post of your classmates’ and/or your instructor. Does one of these theories clarify your understanding of the crime or criminal issue you intend to examine in your Final Project?