Socially, criminality is determined by a number of factors, Edwin Sutherland (1883–1950), is a criminologist who believed that criminality is determined by social factors in that it was not an inheritable trait but grew out of a person’s peers and family relationships. His study showed that a person’s upbringing could either influence them to be criminals or not. Children who had friends that were criminals ended up being criminals as well and those that had relatives that had previous habits in crime also fell in the same path. This shows us how the society goes a long way in nurturing crime. The criminologist also further explained that if family members, teachers and the community had a good relationship with these people that are prone to joining criminality, it would lessen their chances of getting involved in crime mannerisms
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