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Why do people commit crime?
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Why do people commit crime?

This activity asks you to consider explanations of criminal behaviour and apply them to the case study provided in activity one.
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There is no simple answer to this question. There are a wide range of possible explanations for criminal behaviour and many of these theories will be examined within the course.

Reflecting upon your answers to the case study questions, what are the important factors that you considered relevant in explaining the behaviour for:

a) Pete

b) Jonathan

Further Study

Joyce and Laverick (2020) Criminology. Chapter 3 Why do people commit crime?

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