Social process theory / Social conflict theory
CheckPoint: Causation of Crime
The two theories on the causation of crime that I choose to compare and contrast are the social process theory and the social conflict theory.
Comparing of Theories
These two theories are the same in that they both are based on a person’s social status as a reason for crime. These theories say that if you live in a bad neighborhood you are more likely to commit a crime than if you were to live in a good neighborhood. They also say that everyone has the potential to commit a crime.
Contrasting of Theories
The difference in these theories is that in the social process theory people are influenced to commit crimes by their environment. This means that they were taught to commit crimes by their family, friends, or the media. Another difference in these theories is that in the social conflict theory it is the ruling class that influences people to commit crimes. They do not force people to commit a crime; they just make it illegal for people to do certain things so that they do not lose their powers over them. In a sense they are keeping them down.
Crime Trend
Poverty and Hardship in Wisconsin  
With the current downturn in the economy, many people have lost their jobs here in Wisconsin. Poverty here has lead to a raise in the crime rate here. While the price of Gas to everyday living needs have risen, there have been several stories about crimes on the local news, from robberies to drug bust. When the economy was in better shape and there was still jobs when you would turn on the news there was not hardly any crime stories. The more the world sinks the more Crime Rates raise.