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Jammed UpBad Cops, Police Misconduct, and the New York City Police Department$
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Robert J. Kane and Michael D. White

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748411

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748411.001.0001

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Explaining Bad Behavior

Explaining Bad Behavior

Can Criminology Help Us Understand Police Misconduct?

(p.123) Chapter Seven Explaining Bad Behavior
Jammed Up

Jonathon A. Cooper

Tasha Kunzi

NYU Press

This chapter is devoted to the theoretical explanations of police misconduct, beginning with a review of previous theoretical work (of which there is comparatively little) and then exploring the application of criminological theory to police misconduct. As noted, the empirical examinations from previous chapters do not explicitly test criminological theories, though they are informed by several theoretical frameworks. This chapter describes in detail how mainstream criminological theories such as strain, social learning, control, and life-course perspectives might ground future examinations of police misconduct. Furthermore, the chapter uses findings from chapter 5 to highlight both the prospects and limitations of using criminological theories to explain police misconduct.

Keywords:   criminology, criminological theories, police misconduct, theoretical frameworks, empirical examinations

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