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This collection of original essays is an innovative, effective way to teach crime theory to undergraduates. Each essay brings an important crime theory to life by applying that theory to a current crime event or topic of interest to students. An original introductory essay by Don Gibbons explains the origins of these different explanations for criminal behavior, and how they are similar to and different from one another.

The Dramatization of Evil: Reacting to Juvenile Delinquency during the 1990s
The dramatization of evil: Reacting to juvenile delinquency during the 1990s

In 1985, a lengthy period of stability in juvenile arrest rates came to an end (Cook and Laub 1998). At that time, the United States witnessed an increase in the overall juvenile arrest rate. Close examination of the increase in juvenile arrest rates revealed, however, that the juvenile arrest rate for property crime had remained stable. What was driving the increase in the overall juvenile arrest rate was dramatic increases in arrests for violent offenses, in particular, homicide. Arrest data indicate that between 1985 and 1994, arrests for homicide among juveniles increased by 140 percent. The increase in the juvenile arrest rate for homicide ...

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