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Criminological Theory

What factors contribute to a person becoming a criminal? Biological Theories Are babies born killers? The “Twin Studies” supported this theory, showing how a heritable trait may increase the risk for criminal behavior. In this study, the identical twins (MZ) and the fraternal twins (DZ) were tested to see how genetic and environmental influences impact one’s behavior. Before we can discuss the Twin Studies though, let's consider the biological theory as a whole. “Biological factors are more inclusive, consisting of physiological, biochemical, neurological, and genetic factors” (Encyclopedia, 2017). In a sense, this is entirely different than genetics, but it is similar in that the traits are...

Two-Year-Old Denied Kidney Transplant

Anthony Dickerson, 26, the father of two-year-old Anthony Burgess, a.k.a. A.J. was arrested after violating his parole for being in possession of a firearm. Dickerson, who has been in and out of jail over the past six years possesses a lengthy criminal record for committing misdemeanors and felonies. A.J. was born a month premature at Scottish Rite Hospital without his kidneys. He spent the first 10 months of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit and has since spent bouts of time in and out of the hospital due to his inability to sustain a healthy weight. It can be very tedious waiting for a...

When the Social Service System Fails our Children

When we think of some of the most vulnerable members of our society, more often than not children come first. They are completely reliant on their caregivers to provide them with food, shelter, safety, and love. This is why we abhor the abuse of children. To harm a child, one who has no choice but to trust the one responsible for them, is a despicable crime. We do what we can to prevent the abuse and neglect of children, and more so to save children when they are found in those conditions. However, sometimes there are cracks in the system, and some children fall...