Why Do People Commit Crimes: Assessing Three Major Crime Theories
This book examines three dominant crime theories (Biological theory of crime, Neighborhoods and crime, and Moral panic). The biological theory of crime posits that criminals are born, not made. The concept of neighborhoods and crime theory claims that where one lives determines likelihood of criminality. Moral panic theory claims that society overreacts to certain groups they deem dangerous. This book examines each of these theories in depth to understand the root causes of crime. It discusses the implications of each theory, while suggesting ways to prevent crime based on each theoretical approach.