Applying Psychological Theories to Policy
After considering the implications of the deterrence theory, in this discussion, you will carefully and critically think about the implications of psychological theories for criminal justice policies.
Read this New York Times story about treating convicted sex offenders:
Goodnough, A., & Davey, M. (2007, March 6). For sex offenders, a dispute over therapys benefits. The New York Times. Retrieved from
Based on your assigned reading and the news story, respond to the following:
Explain the ways in which psychological treatment or therapy both can and cannot contribute to preventing sex crimes. Use examples to substantiate your answer.
If psychological treatment of sex offenders is proved ineffective, does that bring into question the validity of psychological explanations of crime? Why or why not?