Conversation Questions: Crime and Justice

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Do you always lock your house? What about your car? How have science and technology changed what crimes are committed? How about the way we solve them?
Do you think that men and women are punished the same for the same crimes? Why or why not? How should it be? Should users of illegal drugs be put in jail? Why or why not? What about the people who sell them?
Do you think it’s possible to prevent certain kinds of crimes? If so, which ones and how? Why do you think that there have been so many school shootings at high schools in the United States?
What do you think are reasonable penalties for people who commit environmental crimes*?
*environmental crimes–for example, killing an endangered animal, being responsible for a major industrial accident like Chernobyl or Bhopal, polluting a river, etc.

How much does the media cover crime in your country? Do you think that they should spend less time or more time on it?
Have you (or anyone you know) been the victim of a crime? What happened? What do you think of the death penalty?

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