The Importance Of Criminal Thinking According To Barbour

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One problem area we will focus on is criminal thinking. According to Barbour (n.d.) criminals often do not feel remorse for their actions. They take on the victim stance. In addition, criminals tend to exhibit the following thinking patterns; “closed channel thinking, ‘good person’ stance, ‘unique person’ stance, fear of exposure, lack-of-time perspective, selective effort, use of power to control, seek excitement first, and take an ownership stance (Barbour, n.d.).” There are several factors that can contribute to criminal thinking. These include early involvement in deviant, antisocial, and criminal conduct; having a childhood that involved neglect, abuse, and/or lack of parental attention and supervision; failure in school or work; and an early introduction to alcohol or drugs. Offenders have a high probability of recidivism if their criminal thinking is not challenged and changed. The National Institute of Justice cited one study which tracked 404,638 prisoners across 30 different states. Through this study, researchers found that once prisoners were released from prison, 56.7 percent were rearrested within the first year and 76.6 percent were rearrested within the first five years (National Institute of Justice, 2014). Due to the high probability of recidivism…show more content…
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