Theories and practice in the field of criminal justice are sometimes a challenge to connect, so as a result, the criminal justice field has focused on a result-driven model that prefers practical answers that provide results (arrests and convictions).
Describe the following sociological theories of crime:
Social control theory
Differential association theory
List the basic premises of each of the theories and how they differ from one another.
Discuss 1 strength and 1 weakness for each theory that is unique to that theory.
If the background of the offender is relevant to the theory being used to analyze the offender, then please discuss what background factors are relevant the theory.
Also, answer the following questions:
Which of the 2 philosophies (classical or positivist) do you believe explains criminal behavior in a more complete manner?