The Criminal Mind When someone is committing a crime, what is going through his or her mind? What triggers them to commit a murder or violent crime? There are many theories on why criminals commit these heinous crimes. Behavioral Analyst’s examines why people commit crimes, what triggered a violent reaction, and how to prevent, or predict, these crimes from happening in the future. Behavioral Analyst’s focus on the following concepts to piece together a crime and figure out why the criminal committed the crime.
However biological reasons cannot solely be the cause of criminal behavior. Therefore, one must look to other sources as to how a criminal mind is developed. Social and environmental factors also are at fault for developing a person to the point at which they are lead to committing a criminal act. Often, someone who has committed a violent crime shows evidence of a poorly developed childhood, or the unsuitable current conditions in which the subject lives. In addition if one studies victimology which is the role that the victim plays in the crime, it is apparent that there are many different causes for criminal behavior.
According to Fintzy (2000), it requires diligence, brainpower and the ability to query assumptions and presumptions. Thus a normal police officer would be confused when left to decipher the cause of a particular crime and would appear completely subdued if told to deduce the profile of the possible criminal. Criminal profiling itself as a process of deciphering criminals and their actions, began in 1969 and was advanced by the FBI (Turvey, 1997). According to many psychological experts on crime scenes, the scene of crime should and will always tell of the offender’s psychological disp... ... middle of paper ... ...i/content/full/157/9/1532 Muller, A. Damon. (2000).
Alcohol and drugs also affect criminal behavior, but offending under this is often affected by other factors, including mental health, temperament, location, and peer influences (“Social Risk Factors for Involvement of Crime”). It is believed that genes may be playing a role in criminal behavior. There are beginning to have arguments whether if people are destined for a life of a crime. Scientists in the Netherlands after studying a particular family identified a specific gene mutation that resulted in a chemical imbalance in the brains of some of the males in the family, with this being said it could explain why the same men were prone to violent outbursts (Connor). “This is, however, the gateway to a moral minefield.
Retrieved 2014, from MegaLinks in Criminal Justice. Sammons, A. (n.d.). Criminological Psychology; Typological offender profiling. Retrieved 2014, from psychlotron.org.uk : http://www.psychlotron.org.uk/newResources/criminological/A2_AQB_crim_typoProfiling.pdf Snook et al.
There are several reasons to why people falsely confess to crimes. This will include different analysis from studies carried out by criminal psychologist in order to understand why certain people are prone to falsely confessing to crimes. There are different characteristics to understanding why people confess falsely confess to crimes such as; individual differences, personal and situational factors, and Ethnicity. This essay also aims to identify what leads certain individuals to confess to crimes they did not commit even when the crime can lead to long term prison sentence. Experts within this field suggest that blind eye of justice greatly adds to the reasons to which people still falsely confess to crimes whether it be the law enforcement investigator who continues to pressure a suspect or often times an overzealous prosecutor who refuses to accept that the confession does not march the facts of the case and many reasons.
This is one of the way that investigation can impact our community. Let’s not forget that the CSI Effect and the CSI education effect are two different things. The CSI education effect is known as the concern that when criminals or potential criminals watch these shows they learn how to get away with crimes. My article says that they “...asked convicted criminals about the usefulness of covering up a crime…” and they also asked fans of crime shows if they thought the show could help them get away with a crime. Their ultimate experiment was taking subjects to a mock crime scene and giving them the task of trying to clean it up based on their knowledge from the show.
It is important to further explore crimes that are drug related in order to see the root causes. Some people are likely to generalize about the causes of drug related crimes and say that they are simply related to people who do not do any good for our society. However, in certain instances drugs can be used as a source of income for people and they commit crimes in order to facilitate that goal (Nurco, 1998). These people have no way out of their drug lives and therefore may not necessarily choose this life style but are brought up into it. Similarly the background of the people who become involved in drug usage which could result in crime are predisposed to drug related behavior early on in their households (Winfree et.
Unfortunately, some are unaware of these thoughts and how they unconsciously act, so neurolaw can help to avoid those people. Another interesting contribution neurolaw could have is the impact on future possible criminals. Past and present research are helping to set the stage for more studies to be done in order to find what makes some criminals tick and if it is possible to tell of a criminal before they actually become a criminal. The lecture makes a point that the use of neuroscience can help to identify those who have committed the crime. Then on the other hand, it could also help to identify criminals before they have committed anything.
Profiling Possible Suspects Although there have been many proposals offered to the logic behind criminals and how they act, the significance of profiling possible suspects are stressed upon by law enforcement in order to achieve and maintain a way to justify the means. Profiling any possible suspects clearly demonstrates that numerous types of individuals follow oth... ... middle of paper ... ...critical facts would be deemed as irrelevant. References Alison, L., Bennell, C., Mokros, A., Ormerod, D. (2002) The Personality Paradox in Offender Profiling: A Theoretical Review of the Processes Involved in Deriving Background Characteristics from Crime Scene Actions. Retrieved from http://www.academia.edu/1101296/The_Personality_Paradox_in_Offender_Profiling Ford, R.E. (2013).