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1. Beccaria argued that the threat of punishment controls crime.

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1. Beccaria argued that the threat of punishment controls crime. Are there other forms of social control? Aside from the threat of legal punishments,what else controls your own behavior?
2. What research method would you employ if you wanted to study drug and alcohol abuse at your own school? What are the ethical implications of this type of research?
3. Would it be ethical for a criminologist to observe a teenage gang by "hanging" with them, drinking, and watching as they steal cars?
4. Can you identify behaviors that are deviant but not criminal? What about crimes that are not deviant?
5. Do you agree with conflict theorists that some of the most damaging actsin society are not punished ascrimes? If so, what are they?
6. Under common law a person must have mens rea to be guilty of a crime. Would society be better off if criminal intent were not considered? After all, aren’t we merely guessing about a person’s actual motivation for committing crime?
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