Implications Of Crime And Crime

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There are many reasons that a person commits a crime. There are multiple schools of thought when it comes to crime and the offender. Are they born predisposed to commit crime or are they taught the behaviors required to break the law? Of these many aspects we often ignore the possibility that genetics and our biological make up may be in part to blame for a person’s decision to violate the law.
When a police detective begins to investigate a crime they must try to determine why the crime was committed, which will in turn help them develop a potential suspect. Often we see that crime is committed by strangers so the connection will be difficult to make. However, once a suspect is identified and arrested the detective must prepare for court and part of that preparation is determining why the suspect chose to commit the crime. Genetics is one reason that people may choose to violate the law. During his research Adrian Raine identified one potential gene that when altered could cause a person to become antisocial and commit crimes (Bartol & Bartol, 2014, Pg. 65). The gene that was identified was the monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) gene, it was discovered that if they removed the gene from a mouse it would become aggressive (Bartol & Bartol, 2014, Pg. 65).
Researchers have also identified at least seven genes that are associated with antisocial behavior (Bartol & Bartol, 2014, Pg. 65). These genes have the ability to alter the make-up of the brain which in turn can affect the decision making processes of the individual (Bartol & Bartol, 2014, Pg. 65). Throughout time we have recognized that some people are just different, their brains do not function on the same level as others and this can lead to antisocial and aggressive beha...

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...s can create an environment in which a person may cross the line into a violent or antisocial lifestyle. There are also possibilities that there are biological reasons a person may become a criminal. As in any research you must address and accept all possibilities, and you cannot dismiss one without proof.

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