Crime

Criminality and Social Policy

The following New Zealand Ministry of Justice briefing paper outlines a range of explanations on why individuals become criminal:

Discover More Theories of the Causes of Crime.pdf

These include biological, psychological and sociological explanations. After providing an overview of each type of explanation, links are made to types of policy initiatives. Students could use these to try and identify initiatives in their local area that reflect the ones outlined in this briefing paper. For example, the biological explanations are linked to maternal health initiatives. Can students identify examples of maternal health initiatives in their locality?


 

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