Criminal Justice

1) The end of 19th century brought about a new interest in juvenile delinquency. Summarize the most important findings introduced by Shaw ad McKay while focusing on the following question: can we apply their findings to explain the crime situation in the city of Chicago in the 21st century? Provide some specific examples, utilizing statistics about crime spikes in Chicago in the last decade.

2) The sociology of law views the law as a product of social forces. Identify at least 3 different theories about how societies develop and create their legal standards, while addressing the following question: is our current legal system, in the United States, a product of any of the theories that you have identified?

3) What were the extraordinary changes in the nature of the law that took place during Holme’s time on the bench? Do you see any similarities to our times? If yes, provide some examples, if not explain why not.

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