Please respond to my classmate’s discussion post write as if he/she is your clas

Please respond to my classmate’s discussion post write as if he/she is your classmate.
This week we learned that criminological theories set out to explain why some people turn to criminal activity (Burke et al., 2019, p. 159). Finding out why people turn to illegal activity enables the criminal justice system to devise policies and practices to help control, prevent, or decrease crime (Burke et al., 2019, p. 161).
I believe that strain theory best explains non-violent criminal behavior. Strain and stress significantly impact people’s lives because of society’s high expectations for success. An increase in pressure or stress can drive people into criminal behavior (Burke et al., 2019, p. 176). For example, a person who decided to steal may be struggling financially and was driven to make ends meet, or a person may use drugs to feel better as an escape to the reality of their situation. Additionally, adolescents who had negative experiences in the foster care system (homelessness, unemployment, being victims of a crime) were more likely to turn to criminal activity (Barn and Tan, 2012 as cited in Friel, n.d.).
I believe the Chicago School’s social disorganization theory best explains violent crimes. The Chicago School’s theory states a person’s environment is essentially responsible for the choices they make. According to the FBI, Alaska reports 867.1 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants (Federal Bureau of Investigation, n.d.). Alaska is a remote location, with a lack of law enforcement agencies, high drug and alcohol use, and few resources to help control criminal behavior (Adwar, 2014). With a lack of control, people respond to their environmental conditions, thus proving that community characteristics play a role in criminal behavior.
Adwar, C. (2014, August 7). Alaska is a terrifying place to be the victim of a crime. Business Insider.
Burke, A., Carter, D., Fedorek, B., Morey, T., Rutz-Burri, L., & Sanchez, S. (2019). SOU-CCJ230 introduction to the American criminal justice system. Open Oregon Educational Resources.
Federal Bureau of Investigation. (n.d.). 2019 crime in the United States by state.
Friel, J. (n.d.). An examination of Robert Agnew’s general strain theory. Western Carolina University.

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