Left Realist Solutions to Crime

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

  • 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
  • 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
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2. Who did a study on restorative justice and what did they find?

  • Braithwaite - General public had misconceptions about it, saw as weak and favouring offender but found victims favoured it as it reduced their fear of crime and anger at offender
  • Sherman and Strang - General public had misconceptions about it, saw as weak and favouring offender but found victims favoured it as it reduced their fear of crime and anger at offender
  • Lea and Young - General public had misconceptions about it, saw as weak and favouring offender but found victims favoured it as it reduced their fear of crime and anger at offender

3. How do left realists feel about the UK being meritocratic?

  • If people truely believed it was they would less likely to commit crime and more needs to be done to improve peoples economic and social opportunites
  • If people truely believed it was they would more likely to commit crime and more needs to be done to improve peoples economic and social opportunites
  • If people truely believed it was they would less likely to report crime and more needs to be done to improve peoples economic and social opportunites

4. What do left realists argue crime is?

  • A rational response to a lack of legitimate opportunites and the powerlessness that deprived groups feel in terms of improving their situation
  • A irrational response to a lack of legitimate opportunites and the powerlessness that deprived groups feel in terms of improving their situation
  • A rational response to a lack of legitimate opportunites and the powerlessness that deprived groups feel in terms of improving society

5. What do left realists focus on?

  • Organization of society and the inequality, advantage and poverty which is the enviroment where crime may become the norm
  • Organization of society and the inequality, disadvantage and poverty which is the enviroment where crime may become the norm
  • Disorganization of society and the inequality, disadvantage and poverty which is the enviroment where crime may become the value

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