Sociology- Criminology

This assignment is to look at several cases and relate them to the the theories in
Chapter 7 & 8.  Where some theories are much easier to relate to certain crimes than others, this paper attempts to further your understanding of the criminological theories presented in the text.  If you look on
page 181
Scan 001.pdf , you can see the elements of Social Bond by Travis Hirschi and it explains how attachment, commitment, belief and involvement relate to conforming versus criminal behaviors. 

If you look at the case of George Sodini, you can see many of the issues presented in the Social Control Theories.  Here is one link discussing the case however feel free to expand on this by doing your own research.,2933,537004,00.html (Links to an external site.)

The first part of this paper is to discuss how a control theories would explain Sodini’s actions. 

The second part of the paper is to look at cases that are related to institutions of socialization.  The family is expected to nurture and care for their offspring however there have been several cases where men and women have killed their own children. 

Some very high profile cases are below:

The Andrea Yates Case (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.),8599,218445,00.html (Links to an external site.)

The Susan Smith Case (Links to an external site.)

Casey Anthony Case (Links to an external site.)

Assignment: YOU BE THE JUDGE-Watch the video and utilize various websites such as (Links to an external site.) and (Links to an external site.) and summarize at least two cases where a parent killed one or more of their children.  Then you will need to give both the prosecution’s and defense’s arguments in order to both prosecute and defend the accused. With whom do you agree most? In your work, you need to give at least 3 theories to try to explain the behavior. 

In order to successfully complete this paper, you need to fully research this case and make sure you understand both sides of the case.  Make sure you give a summary of both sides.

This paper needs to be extremely detailed and thoroughly researched!  Paper should be AT LEAST 3 1/2 pages to 5 1/2 pages in length.

***One case you could use is the murder case of Michelle Blair- She killed her 13 yr old daughter and 9 yr old son for sexually abusing their sibling (brother)** here’s a few articles and video related to the incident

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