Crime and Criminal Policy, 5 op
Criminal Justice and Policy is designed to approach the topic of crime and criminal behavior using new perspectives. Traditional approaches to crime treat the criminal as a deviant. While this focus is useful, it ignores cases in which criminals make well-informed, rational decisions. By treating criminals as rational actors, we can identify factors that influence their decisions and design policy to create disincentives crime. In particular, we will explore the effects of current policy on criminal behavior and will attempt to find better alternatives.