Reflection On The Weaknesses Of The Control Theory

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In realizing the weaknesses of the control theory during my internship at the VWU, I would have to say that the power and authority that looms over many people’s heads in the court house is strikingly identifiable. The way in which the courthouse runs is what I would call “not user-friendly” to the average person. The parking is obviously set up for the elites (lawyers, judges, advocates, etc.), the “normal” people have to use the parking deck a few blocks away, if we were lucky to get a spot, regardless the majority of parking is $5.00. The judges and lawyers are extremely intimidating, in that they would rather ignore you than acknowledge you are in their presence. The people who are employed at the facility seem extremely judgmental (no …show more content…
I learned many aspects about people from all walks of life. From the poverty stricken victim and criminal to the “elites” in our society, and those in-between. I viewed how the judges treats criminals in a court trial, which was surprisingly respectful and unbiased. I saw real-life scenarios that pertained to certain sociological theories, such as the control theory in regards to the powerful who uphold the law, to how the lower class citizen could feel intimidated. The various victim theories, especially in the victim’s participation in a crime and in how some chose to remain in deviant situations. More importantly, I learned valuable social skills, by communicating with all different people, from victims, their families, prosecutors, advocates, judges and even the clerks in the pc and bond sections. I gained valuable experience in courtroom procedures, including the progression of a trial from the beginning when bond is decided, the selection of a jury, to the very end of a defendant’s trial when sentencing was doled out. Looking back I realized I was extremely lucky to be given this opportunity. For other students looking for an internship, I would recommend this site even if they are not completely interested in victim advocacy or criminology. There are so many aspects of a job and career that can be learned at the Cobb County Victim Witness

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