Case Study – Criminal Justice, American Law

THREE PART QUESTION regarding behavior in american law please include references 

PART ONE:

Explore the Keen Family case study (attached), considering the psychological factors at play. Then respond to the following in 600 words:

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● How do the following psychological factors account for the criminal behavior in the case study? 

o Mental disorders

▪ Psychopathy and other personality disorders

▪ Major mental disorders characterized by mood disturbances and periods of psychosis 

o Substance abuse 

● How do  social, behavioral, and cognitive factors interact with the psychological factors listed above to create a cumulative effect on the criminal behavior in the case study? 

PART TWO:

Respond to the following in 250–350 words: 

● To what degree do genetic and biological factors lessen or exempt a criminal offender’s responsibility?

● Should some genetic and/or biological factors qualify offenders for lighter sentences compared to other genetic and/or biological factors? Why or why not? 

PART THREE:

Explore the Keen Family case study (same attachment), considering genetic and biological factors at play. Then respond to the following in 500–750 words: 

● How do the following factors account for the criminal behavior in the case study? 

o Genetics

o Biology

● How do the social, behavioral, cognitive, and psychological factors interact with the genetic and biological factors listed above to create a cumulative effect on the criminal behavior in the case study? 

 

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