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CJ 230 Purdue University Global Categories of Crimes Presentation

Categories of Crimes

create a 9–15 slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation on crimes in three categories: against property, against persons, and against public order to present to your peers or coworkers.

From the list of crimes below, select three crimes, one from each category.

List of Crimes

  1. Kidnapping
  2. First-degree murder
  3. Forgery
  4. Arson
  5. Disorderly conduct
  6. Prostitution

Then in a 9–15 slide presentation, respond to the following questions for each of the three crimes that you select.

  1. Define the elements of the crime, including the actus reusand mens rea for each crime. Make sure to cite a state criminal statute for each crime.
  2. Identify whether the crime can be classified as a crime against property, crime against person, or a crime against public order and why the crime is so classified.
  3. Describe a factual scenario, either fictional or true in fact, in which the crime is committed. Should there be different penalties for crimes against property, people, and public order? Why? Do you believe that crimes in one category are more serious? Support your argument with examples as to why these crimes are similar or different.
  4. Referring to your factual scenario, how would a person’s ideas about multiculturalism and diversity impact the penalties for the crime? For example, depending on the crime a defendant’s sentence might be decided by either a judge or a jury. Based on the particular juror or judge’s socio-economic, cultural or religious backgrounds, do you think that these individuals have certain opinions as to how stringent a defendant’s sentence should be?
  5. Provide your opinion as to whether judges should be given wide discretion in determining the appropriate sentence for a defendant.

You may use the Model Penal Code definitions as outlined in your text, or select specific statutes from the Federal or a state criminal code. However, make sure you clearly identify the elements as outlined in that statute. It is suggested that you separate your responses for each scenario with headings in your presentation.

Remember to answer each of the questions above for each of the scenarios you select and, when referring to your text or other sources, clearly cite your sources both on the slides in your presentation and on the reference slide.


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