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Post an initial thread with a topic of interest from this weeks’ reading consisting of no less than 250 words.  Be sure to cite accordignly, and conclude your post in the form of a question.  Then, by Sunday, be sure to respond to at least 3 of your peers’ posts in no less than 100 words by asking probing questions, furthering the debate, supplying more content, and engaging in detailed analysis/critique.  Be sure to also cite using 7th edition APA conventions when responding to your peers’ posts as well.

  1. Make an initial post of 250 words of what interest you from the chapter (will upload)

 Then reply in at least 100 words to EACH REPLY so 1-3 separately should have a 100 words each

1.Reyna,  -For this weeks reading, I found interest in Lombroso’s Theory of Crime. It was interesting that Lombroso thought that people were born criminals. The way he described the so called “born criminals” were of their facial features, “large eyes, large nose, ears, jaws, and so forth. These people did not look or appear like he did so that is what made his theory of why these people are criminals. they also had body markings, such as tattoos that really made them stand out with everyone else. People should not be judged by their bodies or based of their appearances. I believe that is what also causes systematic rascism in our communities as well. Everyone is human. Everyone deserves that chance, to say the least. 

  1. Brittany -There was alot of interesting information from this weeks readings, some threw me off and some made things more clear. I found when reading that William Sheldon’s “Body Type Theory” made me want to question the ideas behind his logic more then anything else. William Sheldon created a theory in the 1940’s that explained somototyping: a theory that test the links of different body types to delinquency, could determine if a person would have a criminal history. Sheldon explained the different layers that a person possesses, endoderm which is the innner most layer containing the internal organs (stomach, small intestine, large intestine), mesoderm which is the middle layer containing the muscles, tendons, and bones, and outter most layer the ectoderm which contains the skin and capillaries. He described what each layer could bring for a body type either being, endomorphic (obese), mesomorphic (muscular/ atheltic), or ectomorphic (naturally thin). I think his ideas were realistic in the fact there are many different body types and not everyone is meant to be like everyone else, but saying that someone who is obese is a criminal isn’t factual to me, nor saying someone who is genetically thin is going to be a criminal. The research done to promote Sheldons theory left many questions to be determined. He used people to determine there level of body type and what each body type brought to someones state of mind. 

  1. Shelia-I find it very interesting how in some studies, it is found that a person’s body style or size has an impact on rather or not they may particpate in criminal activity. Isn’t it intersting that your personality can be measured by how you look? How a skinny person may be shy and introverted and how an overweight person can be lazy but happy go lucky. I also find it intersting that your skull can be determine your intelligence and smarts. Our book Introduction to Criminology by Pamela Schram and Stephen Tibbets is very interesting and insightful. I have realized things that I would have not have thought before. What do you think? Do you think its possible that a person’s body and skull size can determine their intelligence and rather they will indulge in criminal behavior?


Answer these questions in at least 3 sentences each

Every Occupation uses some measure of productivity to determine how effective employees are.  The Kansas City Experiment encouraged police departments to depend less on random patrol and more on proactive crime suppression strategies.  With this context in mind, comment the following:

1.  What productivity measures do you believe should be used to evaluate the effectiveness of patrol officers?

2.  Do you believe that officer’s performance evaluations encourage them to meet quotas for numbers of traffic tickets, arrests, etc.?  Explain your position.

3.  Do you believe this a good or bad thing?  Explain your position.