Perceptions of Deviance, Crime, Victims, and Justice

The media informs many viewers of deviance and crime, victims of crime, and justice in society. Consider and describe the following:

Where do you get your information about:

Deviant behavior

Crime

Victims of crime

Justice for victims

Describe your perception of:

Deviant behavior

What behavior is deviant according to your values?

Crime

What do you believe is the root or cause of crime?

What types of crimes do you believe happen most?

Who do you believe commits crime?

Victims of crime

Who do you believe is likely to be a victim?

Have you ever been fearful of a crime occurring to you or your family?

What do you believe about victims that you hear about?

Justice for victims

How do you see justice handled in our society?

What form of punishment do you see as being effective or ineffective?

Did you learn anything specific from the textbook that has changed your perception? What did you learn and which perception did it change?

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