what is a crime?

Learning Goal: I’m working on a criminal justice discussion question and need support to help me learn.

here is no simple answer to the question ‘what is a crime?’ and therefore no single answer to ‘what causes crime?’ Crime is a highly complex phenomenon that changes across cultures and across time. Activities that are legal in one country are sometimes illegal in others. As cultures change over time, behaviors that once were not criminalized may become criminalized (and then decriminalized again).

In the textbook (The Criminology: The Core, By L. Siegel), numerous criminological theories attempt to explain why people commit a crime. Criminologists devote themselves to measuring, understanding, and controlling crime and deviance. Deviance includes a broad spectrum of behaviors that differ from the norm, ranging from the most socially harmful to the relatively inoffensive. Criminologists are often concerned with the concept of deviance and its relationship to criminality.

Please respond to the following questions based on the knowledge you have learned throughout the course. If you have a specific explanation/theory in mind, feel free to expand your response!

  1. If you run the world, which acts that are now legal would you make criminals? Which criminal acts would you legalize? What would be the probable consequences of your actions?
  2. What are three behaviors that are deviant but not criminal, and three behaviors that are criminal but not deviant? How may behaviors that you consider non-deviant be seen as deviant by someone else?

You are required to submit a substantial response (500 words min) that stays on topic and fully addresses the assignment in a clear, concise, and meaningful manner. Use at least ONE specific example to justify your response.

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