Introduction to Crime and Causes


Introduction to Crime and Causes


Crime appears to capture the attention of the public, portrayed in the news as well as in popular media. The popularity of crime shows on television is a testament to the public’s fascination with criminal behavior. The way crime is portrayed in the media can have a dramatic impact on the public’s perception of crime rates and personal safety. In addition, there are criminals who appear to be motivated to commit crime just for the opportunity of gaining attention through news media.


Research newspaper or magazine articles related to crime using online news media.


Articles must be current 2012 – 2016


Your response should be at least 3 pages long, not counting the cover page and reference page.


Original work, 0% plagiarism, 2 or more valid current (2012-2016) references, in text citations,  

 Select two articles or news stories to which you can apply psychological theories of criminal behavior.

 Psychological theories include examining personality traits, intelligence, and mental illness.

 Be sure to include at least one article in which the defendant is using an insanity defense.

Write an analysis of each article or news story addressing the following: What is the purpose of the story as you perceive it? How is crime or criminal justice portrayed? What feelings or reactions are evoked in you by the article? How would you explain the reported criminal behavior using psychological theories?

Give a complete citation for the selected article and include a digital copy, if possible.

Write a  3-page log entry in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.




Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Selected two articles or news stories appropriate for the assignment.


Described the crime and portrayal of criminal justice system for each article.


Analyzed the feelings or reactions evoked in you by each article.


Applied at least 2 psychological theories to explain the crime described in each article.


Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.  


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