What is Crime And Deviance?

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  • Created on: 12-12-12 14:15

Crime is an offence that goes beyond the personal sphere of family and friends and enters the public sphere of the police and court. Breaking prohibitory laws are treated by legitimate punishments or sanctions. 

Informal sanctions - A glare or a telling off. 

Formal sanctions - A prison sentence or a fine.

Being guilty of committing a crime usually involves evil intent or concious recklessness however there are some special conditions in which concious intent can be missing. For example children or the insane. 

For a crime to be known…

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