What are examples of biological, psychological, and sociological factors that may affect criminal behavior

1. What are examples of biological, psychological, and sociological factors that may affect criminal behavior. What kind of criminal behavior might result from each of these factors?

2. Watch the “Victims” video, located in this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings National Institute of Justice (1990). Victims (29 mins) [Video file], Academic Video Online.

Discuss the following with the class: In the video, Wanda Melton says, “The criminal, as far as I’m concerned, has more rights at this point than the victim and has always had [more rights].” How do some victims continue to suffer even after justice has been served?

3. Watch the “Neighborhood Safety” video, located in this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. National Institute of Justice (1990). Neighborhood Safety (30 mins) [Video file], Academic Video Online.Discuss the following with the class: What are some of the less obvious ways increased police presence in a neighborhood increases safety?

4. Watch the “Psychology, Criminality & Incarceration in America” video, located in this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. National Institute of Justice (1990). Neighborhood Safety (30 mins) [Video file], Academic Video Online.Discuss the following with the class: How is prison often like a revolving door? Why are repeat incarcerations likely for an individual?

5. Do you think the Restorative Justice Model works with all kinds of offenders, including violent and repetitive offenders, or is the model better suited for only specific types of offenders? What type of offenders would be better served by this model?