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Why I Am Not A Criminal Part Ii

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Although there are many possible explanations for criminal behavior, Social Control Theory and General Deterrence Theory relate best to my life. Even though these theories tend to focus on different aspects, they connect to my life through my relationship with my family, friends, and extracurricular activities.
Social Control Theory is a micro-level theory which means it focuses specifically on the interaction of the individual and society. If there is a weak bond between the individual and society it can lead to criminal activity, essentially, a strong bond prevents crime. Unlike other theories, Social Control Theory directly focuses on why people choose to not engage in crime. There are ...view middle of the document...

Our way of bonding was through some sort of physical activity, whether it was biking in the summer to snowmobiling in the winter season. Nowadays, friends and extended family often tell me I resemble many qualities from my parents simply because I have spent so much time with them over the course of the years.
Commitment evaluates how dedicated an individual is to an activity. It refers to how an individual builds a “stake in conformity” that would be jeopardized by engaging in crime or other forms of deviance (Akers & Sellers, 2013, pg. 118). Measuring commitment can be done through educational and occupational aspirations and achieving orientation like completing more than a high school education (Akers & Sellers, 2013, pg. 119). Growing up, I have always aimed to go to college and I never overlooked the idea; it was set in stone since I was young that I was going to attend college. My overall goal in life is to be happy, create a family, and have a fulfilling career, much like the American Dream. There have been plenty of activities I tried to stay committed to and I just did not have the will power to do so, except for school and a future career. I will always create an image in my head of what I will become and will...

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