M3D1: U.S. Crime Trends and Economic Conditions No unread replies. No replies. An image of a man with a grim expression. This activity addresses module outcomes 1, 4, & 5. Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to: Module Outcome 1: Assess the evolution of historical schools of thought to contemporary criminological theories. (CO1,2,5) Module Outcome 4: Critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of social disorganization theories. (CO2,5) Module Outcome 5: Apply those theories to contemporary criminal justice issues. (CO1,2,5) We have read about several criminological perspectives that try to link crime patterns and trends to broader economic conditions. This discussion forum will have you apply that knowledge to the situation in the United States. In particular, you will use what you know about the current state of research on crime and economic conditions to predict movement in U.S. crime rates. In the summer of 2011, there were fears that the United States was headed toward a double-dip recession. Read this USA Today new story about the state of the U.S. economy at that time: Patterson, S. (2011, August 7). Is the economy headed for a double-dip recession? (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. USA Today. Retrieved from http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2011-08-08-double-dip-recession_n.htm Use the criminological theories and research about the relationship between the economy and crime rates to predict what you think will happen to crime rates in the U.S. in light of this economic downturn. Clearly explain the rationale behind your prediction. Use evidence from the readings to support your argument.