consensus perspective | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminology

The consensus perspective in criminal justice is a theoretical approach that emphasizes shared values and the role of social institutions in shaping criminal behavior and the operation of the criminal justice system.

It is based on the idea that society functions best when there is a general agreement or consensus on the rules and norms that govern behavior.

According to the consensus perspective, crime is seen as a violation of these shared values and norms and is therefore condemned by the majority of society. This perspective views the criminal justice system as a way to enforce these shared values and maintain social order.

Proponents of the consensus perspective argue that the criminal justice system serves an important role in upholding the values and norms of society and that it is necessary to maintain social order and stability. This perspective tends to emphasize the importance of individual responsibility and the role of personal choice in criminal behavior.

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Last Modified: 01/08/2023


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