Why do people commit crimes? How can crime be prevented? And
what can society and criminal justice professionals do to implement
constructive responses to criminal behavior? Summarizing what he
has learned about crime and criminals during his long career, one
of social work's most distinguished theoreticians speculates about
the factors that lead to crime and considers what we can do to
prevent and respond to it meaningfully. Criminal Lessons
is based on more than thirteen thousand cases in which Frederic G.
Reamer has been involved as a parole board member, a role that was
supplemented by his earlier experiences working in a federal
correctional facility, a state penitentiary, and a forensic unit in
a state psychiatric hospital.
Reamer presents an original and compelling typology of crime
that classifies offenders on the basis of the circumstances that
led to their offenses. He isolates seven categories, tracing crime
to desperation, greed, rage, revenge, frolic, addiction, or mental
illness. Using actual case studies to illustrate these patterns of
'criminal circumstances,' Reamer presents a model for the
prevention of, and response to, crime and throughout the book
offers recommendations related to social services, criminal
justice, and public policy.
Subjects: Law, Sociology
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