Different Aspects Of The Legal Code As Favorable Or Unfavorable?

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In Fujii’s situation her friends would have taught her how to survive on the streets. She lived on the streets and in homeless shelters for a part of her life, so it is appropriate to assume that she may have took part in petty crimes. They would have taught her how to successfully perform these criminal acts. Her friends would have introduced her to alcohol and drugs and how to use these substances. The abuse of these two toxins eventually led her to make the choice to leave her children at home for ten days straight. The fifth principle in this theory is as follows: “ The specific direction of motives and drives is learned from perceptions of various aspects of the legal code as favorable or unfavorable” (Siegel et al., 2013, p. 139). In Fujii’s situation, she was introduced to the homeless population when she lived in homeless shelters for small periods. During this time she met individuals and developed close and intimate relationships. The individuals in these relationships likely viewed “aspects of the legal code as … unfavorable” (Siegel et al., 2013, p. 139). According to differential association theory Fujii would have experienced “cultural conflict” as the friends she kept had views that rebelled against social norms and laws (as cited in Siegel et al., 2013, p. 139). The sixth principle in that: “individuals become law violators when they are in contact with persons, groups, or events that produce an excess of definitions favorable toward criminality” (p. 139).

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