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SOCI 3310 Criminology Chapter 2 Vocab

by: Haley Bullock

SOCI 3310 Criminology Chapter 2 Vocab SOCI 3310

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Date Created: 09/19/16
SOCI 3310­904 Criminology Ch. 2 Terms Key Terms crime myth: a widespread but inaccurate belief about crime. crime wave: a sudden and often distorted focus of the news media on one or more types of  criminal behavior. democratic theory: the view that elected officials should represent the interests of all people in  a democracy. fear of crime: concern or worry over becoming a crime victim. individual characteristics: personal traits that influence the likelihood of committing an  inequality crime or becoming a crime victim. news media: the members of the mass media transmitting information about current events. overdramatize: to exaggerate for the news media the frequency and seriousness of violent  crime. public opinion: the views and attitudes of the public on important social, political, and  economic issues. public policy: government efforts to deal with public issues and societal needs. punitiveness: public judgments of appropriate punishment for convicted criminals. racial prejudice: unfavorable views toward a certain category of people because of their race. sentencing preferences: public views of appropriate legal punishment for given crimes. seriousness of crime: opinions regarding the importance or degree of harm associated with  given crimes. structural factors: aspects of the social structure. 


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