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A crime as defined in the New Expanded Websters Dictionary is a breach of law divine or human Given this definition a criminal is a person who perpetrates actively breaking the law whether be positive law or natural law The criminal code of Canada is prescriptive in the actions of the individuals in the society and the formation of the criminal code of Canada comes from the social norms and standards of society Any person who violates these social norms and standards codified in the criminal code of Canada is labeled as a criminal The causation of individuals becoming a criminal is predominantly attributed to environmental factors that the individual has been exposed to rather then the genetic disposition of the individual Clearly environmental factors contribute largely to a persons nongenetic behavior due to the mass amounts of risk factors that exist in society Ronald L Akers director of the Centre for Studies in Criminology and law at the University of Florida completed a survey of delinquency prediction models and found that these risk factors are the most closely associated with delinquency Drug Use Family Dysfunction Childhood Behavior Problems Deviant Peers Poor School Performance Inconsistent Parental Supervision and Discipline Separation From Parents Poverty In the United States in 1996 it was found that over 33 of all jail inmates reported some physical or mental disability and 25 of jail inmates said they had been treated at some time for mental or emotional problem To dismiss the fact that there are criminals that have innate genetic disposition to commit crimes is simply ludicrous but given the statistic above over 66 of all jail inmates have no physical or mental disability or either it is not reported and the other statistic that 75 of jail inmates have needed or have not been treated for mental or emotional problem these statistics display that environmental factors are a more predominant
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