Crime and Punishment
by VanessaPace on March 27, 2014 - 5:57pm
“Crimes and Punishment: Understanding of the Criminal Code” written by Jung Sandy , Ahn-Redding Heatherm , and Allison Meredith is about the world of criminal law in our society. These authors talk about citizens engaging in illegal behaviours such as do drugs, stealing, homicide and many other crimes. The criminal justice system takes in support whether society wants change or not in the laws and policies. That doesn’t mean that something will change in the justice system but if there is something to challenge the justice system, it can be done to show a strive for change. Authors state that the knowledge of crime law is a big part of society and is expected in a society as well. They performed a study on 301 undergraduate students on their knowledge of crime laws and sentences associated with certain crimes. Their results show that their participants accurately defined theft, illegal use of substances, and whether someone is a sex offender or not from scenarios. These participants were less able to describe impaired drivers blood alcohol, driving that’s dangerous, and aggregated assault. When they questioned the participants on sentencing of crimes they were not constantly accurate. Exposure beforehand of the criminal justice system did not seem to be associated with their knowledge on crime and punishment. Their finding show that in some areas of crime these young adults were unaware of legal definitions and punishments of certain crimes. This points out that education systems need to find ways to incorporate the criminal code in young adult’s lives to deepen their knowledge and educate them of what is illegal and legal in the criminal justice system.