Rational Choice Perspective By Ronald Clarke And Derek Cornish

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On April 10th, 2015, two Detroit police officers in the city’s Narcotics Division were charged with robbing drug dealers during police searches performed over a four-year period. Due to their wide knowledge of narcotics, they were able to make a large profit by reselling the stolen drugs. They sold the drugs through private parties that included underground operations with other drug dealers in the state. The federal indictment was revealed to be eight-counts which included: possession with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine, robbery, extortion, possession of firearms and drug trafficking (Cook, 2015).
Theory One Rational-choice perspective was developed by Ronald Clarke and Derek Cornish, it states that everyone can make a decision to commit or not commit crimes. After reviewing the pros and cons of an action and fully understanding the consequences, a person can make a valid decision. Everyone takes into consideration the risks that they will face when proposing the action. People generally choose the best course of action to suit their needs (Adler, 2012). This theory concludes that a crime is not extraordinary or the result of a deranged mind. Each crime has its own set of choice structuring properties that determine an individual’s decision in relation to committing a crime. These structures can be highly based on a number of factors including: accessible targets, previous experience, time to commit the crime, what…

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