Cesare Beccaria And Jeremy Bentham Were The Founders Of The Classical Theory Phenomenon
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Free will assumes that all individuals have choice in deciding whether to obey or violate the law by a “rational calculation” (Akers, 1999, 16). The theories strength derives from its sense of generality, which entails that; the criminal’s actions can be applied to any milieu where legality has been violated (Chai 2008). Likewise, its potency is found in the principle of parsimony. This aims to explain a criminal’s behaviour without any additional assumptions being made, especially when multiple viable justifications are possible (Ogu, 2013).
The rational choice theory was implemented in Jeffery Dahmer’s case. Despite reports in court that Dahmer was mentally ill, the Milwaukee jury discharged the arguments, and found him guilty (Simon 1996). There was consensus…