Governmental Responses To Crime: Ancient-Contemporary Comparisons

As you study criminal justice, it is imperative to examine the various responses to crime through history. Traditionally, responses were focused on current issues without connecting the historical relationship between groups, institutions, cultures, and governmental ideologies. Understanding the historical context of contemporary criminal justice responses is critical.

For this Discussion, you compare ancient governmental responses around the world to crime with contemporary responses to crime. Select a specific crime, and using the Learning Resources, research ancient (of your choice; see your Learning Resources for context) and contemporary responses to that crime. Analyze the commonalities and differences between the responses, and evaluate whether or not the responses are effective.

Post by Day 3 the type of crime you selected. Then explain one ancient governmental response and one contemporary governmental response to that crime. As can be found in this week’s readings, crime is responded to from the relative cultural reality of that time period. Provide an example to illustrate your points. Describe the commonalities and the differences in these responses. Explain whether or not you consider either response effective and why. Finally, explain whether international responses to crime have helped shape the governmental response to crime where you live. If so, explain how. Provide an example. Use the Walden Library and select an article to support your response.