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Crime and Drug Use federal tax dollars to fund these therapeutic communities in prisons I feel that if we teach these prisoners some self-control and alternative lifestyles that we can keep them from reentering the prisons once they get out I am also going to describe some of todays programs that have proven to be very effective Gottfredson and Hirschi developed the general theory of crime It According to their theory the criminal act and the criminal offender are separate concepts The criminal act is perceived as opportunity illegal activities that people engage in when they perceive them to be advantageous Crimes are committed when they promise rewards with minimum threat of pain or punishment Crimes that provide easy short-term gratification are often committed The number of offenders may remain the same while crime rates fluctuate due to the amount of opportunity Siegel 1998 Criminal offenders are people that are predisposed to committing crimes This does not mean that they have no choice in the matter it only means that their self-control level is lower than average When a person has limited self-control they tend to be more impulsive and shortsighted This ties back in with crimes that are committed that provide easy short-term gratification These people do not necessarily have a tendency to commit crimes they just do not look at long-term consequences and they tend to be reckless and self-centered Longshore 1998 pp102-113 These people with lower levels of self-control also engage in non-criminal acts as well These acts include drinking gambling smoking and illicit sexual activity Siegel 1998 Also drug use is a common act that is performed by these people They do not look at the consequences of the drugs while they get the short-term gratification Sometimes this drug abuse becomes an addiction and then the person will commit other small crimes to get the drugs or them money to get the drugs In a mid-western study done by Evans et
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