This engaging book presents a contextual psychological interpretation of crime. It covers essential topics including psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, and criminal lifestyle. The author's compelling analysis explains criminal behavior, by showing how the criminal lifestyle is capable of integrating two seemingly incompatible crime paradigms: the career criminal paradigm and the criminal career paradigm. Starting with a context for criminality, and then moving from particular conceptions of crime to more evidence-based theories, this volume challenges students to think in a different way about crime and criminal behavior.
Chapter 3: Classification: The Criminal Lifestyle in a Diagnostic Context
Classification: The Criminal Lifestyle in a Diagnostic Context
Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing whereon we fly to heaven.
Will is a 25-year-old single black male serving a 9-year sentence for bank robbery. As a juvenile, Will had numerous run-ins with the law. He fought in school regularly and was expelled midway thought the ninth grade. Despite this, he earned his GED while serving time in an institution for young adult offenders. Will's two previous adult arrests, one for possession with intent to distribute heroin and the other for strong-armed robbery, resulted in jail and prison sentences of 6 months and 3 to 5 years, respectively. Between the ages of 18, when ...