In Chapter 7 of Crime Prevention, Robinson states that “Rational choice and deterrence theories are two related theories that help understand why criminal justice – including crime control and crime prevention activities of police, courts, and corrections – should help us reduce crime in society” (2012). Answer one of the following questions:

  1. How do these theories help us understand the relationship between criminals and law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and society?
  2. What are some of the results we would expect to see if these theories are correct in assessing criminal activity?
  3. How would the rational choice and deterrence theories change the policing strategy of your department if you were in a police department utilizing traditional policing techniques or a department utilizing community oriented and problem solving techniques?

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