Through social process theories, it would be understood that, a criminal with psychological problems would lack the “inner containment”, which results in an unstable mind, and thus, a lack of “outer containment” too. However, an individual whose crime is explained through sociological theory is stable in mind and does not lack “inner or outer containment”. Therefore, the reason for committing a crime should be considered when imposing a criminal sanction.
I agree with my classmate that the reason for any criminal act should be taken into consideration when giving a criminal sentence. As stated from the response, psychological problems are the main reasons as to why the level of crime should be considered in a court of law. My classmate has gone to the extent of explaining that, probably a mentally ill patient might have missed being treated, and this would have caused the current criminal state. My classmate has based the argument on a criminological psychological theory, which is good. However, she could have included another criminological theory to explain the question