Describe whether criminals who have been deemed mentally ill should be incarcerated for their offenses or be housed in a mental health facility.

Write a 1100 word essay addressing each of the following points/questions. Be sure to completely answer all the questions for each bullet point. There should be four sections, one for each bullet below. Separate each section in your paper with a clear heading that allows your professor to know which bullet you are addressing in that section of your paper. Support your ideas with at least three (3) citations in your essay. Make sure to reference the citations using the APA writing style for the essay. The cover page and reference page do not count towards the minimum word amount. Review the rubric criteria for this assignment.

  1. In this essay, you will compare three types of people as follows: (a) one group is to describe a successful individual, (b) another group is to describe a minimally successful individual, (c) a third group is to describe a criminal. List the distinct traits evident for the successful individual, the minimally successful individual, and the criminal individual.
  2. As stated in this module, a variety of mental disorders have been linked to criminal activities. Describe whether criminals who have been deemed mentally ill should be incarcerated for their offenses or be housed in a mental health facility. Is it appropriate to incarcerate someone with a mental illness? Do you think “they are getting away” with the crime if they are housed in a mental health facility instead of a prison? Explain your position.
  3. Strain theory proposes that lower-class citizens turn to crime, in part, as a result of frustrations they face when attempting to achieve socially approved goals. Investigate the various agencies and programs in your community that are oriented toward providing assistance to this group of citizens. Pay close attention to barriers that may interfere with the agency’s ability to provide services to all in need (for example, limited resources, limited space, regulations concerning substance abuse, and financial need requirements). Write your report.
  4. Cohen provides an explanation for the development of deviant subcultures among young, lower-socioeconomic status males who are unable to “measure up” to the middle-class measuring rods. As part of your research for this essay, reflect upon the various subcultures you see within the community and consider how these subcultures vary according to how urban or rural the community is, the economic status of the subjects, and answer any other questions of your concern.

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