Left Realist Solutions to Crime

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1. How do left realists argue the structural causes of crime should be fixed?

  • Politicians need to change the economic and social conditions that cause crime esp young/ethnic minority
  • Police need to change the practical and social conditions that cause crime esp young/ethnic minority
  • Politicians need to change the economic and social conditions that cause crime esp males/ethnic minority
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2. What is restorative justice?

  • Encourages offender to take responsibility for their actions and repair the harm they have done by apologising to police and giving back to the community
  • Encourages offender to take responsibility for their actions and repair the harm they have done by apologising to victims and giving back to the community
  • Encourages victim to take responsibility for their actions and repair the harm they have done by apologising to society and giving back to the community

3. What are three evaluative points of left realist solutions to crime?

  • Criticised for being soft on criminals and crime (Blame society not criminal), fail to explain why majority in poverty don't commit crime and Right Realists say tighter controls are needed along with better socialisation of kids and severe punishment
  • Criticised for being hard on criminals and crime (Blame society not criminal), fail to explain why majority in poverty don't commit crime and Right Realists say tighter controls are needed along with better socialisation of kids and severe punishment
  • Criticised for being soft on criminals and crime (Blame criminal not society), fail to explain why majority in poverty do commit crime and Right Realists say tighter controls are needed along with better socialisation of kids and severe punishment

4. How do Lea and Young think we should improve policing?

  • Use the assistance of the local communities and tackle institutional racism
  • Use the assistance of the local communities and tackle institutional sexism
  • Use the assistance of the ethnic communities and tackle institutional negligence

5. What is an evaluation of restorative justice?

  • Evidence suggests victims associate restorative justice with rehabilitation and reform which are seen as favouring the criminal
  • Evidence suggests general public associate restorative justice with rehabilitation and reform which are seen as favouring the criminal
  • Evidence suggests general public associate restorative justice with rehabilitation and reform which are seen as favouring the victim

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