Criminal Responses

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The state and criminal justice agencies use various responses to deal with the ‘problem’ of ‘crime’. These responses are forms of control which impact differently upon individuals and groups in society dependant upon their determining contexts.’

Since the eighteenth century society has been controlled by policing to deal with the ‘problem’ of ‘crime’. Although there are various perceptions of what ‘crime’ is and means, we can view it as an offence or act which is able to be punished by the Law. Despite this, the Police arguably omit ‘crimes’ caused by particular individuals or groups such as; the bourgeois and white males and females. Many occasions these responses deny less privileged and minority groups equality within the criminal justice
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Many research confirms that young black men are misrepresented highly and disproportionately This potentially stems from the media misrepresentations and the ongoing concern between immigration and crime which began over two hundred years ago. We can criticise the police’s responses to crimes in many ways; from the way they choose who to stop and search, which arguably relies upon labelling theories. How police allow prisoners to die and are not charged, and also how police prominently hold bias opinions before making …show more content…
such as community penalties, fines, and arrests. Over policing can prevent those from lower class backgrounds from succeeding further in life; preventing them from gaining access to higher education and careers. To expand, the example of ‘tagging’ which is used to control (look up in sage dictionary) the tag also comes with curfews.Although in many cases this results in the person reoffending unintentionally; making them furtherly deviant. One offender, Shaun aged 17 unintentionally reoffended, who (Johnson, 2009) reports that, “his background is one of poverty, chaos and lovelessness.” When Shaun was released with limited money he had no where affordable to stay, those which he could afford declined him due to his labelling of a “criminal”. Unfortunately these circumstances resulted in Shaun breaking his curfew due to his ASBO. One may argue that this has been socially constructed by the state in order to control the poor; by imprisoning them.
On the other hand, police and the state often ignore many offences, particularly economic ‘crimes’ caused by the elite. Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary for the Treasury claims that, “tax evasion is a crime like any other”. (, cited Alexander.D, 2015). Recently SNP MP Phil Boswell has been accused of tax

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