DF #3 – Choice Theory – Because They Want to… – due by 11:55pm on Sunday, 9/9
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Chapter 4 is a very important chapter that discusses rational choice theory. CHOOSE ONE FROM THE FOLLOWING
1. DEATH PENALTY & SEX OFFENDER ISLAND This chapter examines ways to keep offenders from reoffending while also sending a powerful message of deterrence to potential offenders. On page 98, answer the question that most people never think about – does the death penalty deter murder? Should capital punishment continue? Why or why not? Support your opinion with research/chapter material. Watch the clip on McNeil Island. How does the concept of incapacitation apply? Do you think this is an effective way to control crime and punish offenders?
2) There are VERY fascinating punishments implemented all over the world. Research caning in Singapore and the Michael Fay case. Find out about when they use this type of punishment, for what crimes, who is subject to caning, how it is done, and whether it is effective in their society. Give a detailed (in your own words) description of what caning is, what is used for, it’s effectiveness. How does rational choice theory apply to this form of deterrence? What 2 concepts from our chapter on rational choice theories can apply to caning in Singapore? Do you think caning would reduce crimes based on the cost-benefit analysis? How effective would caning be on reducing recidivism rates?
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