Criminal versus Lawbreaker (online writings)

Using course readings, specifics, and course films, discuss the difference between a law-break and a criminal?  Describe in detail, the process of being labeled as one or the other, and the consequences of these different labels

Last day December 8


36 thoughts on “Criminal versus Lawbreaker (online writings)

  1. In my view, the criminal justice system today is basically a factory of making life-long criminals. This process, as stated in the video in class, begins with mandatory minimum sentence requirements. The biggest problem I see is the 100:1 rule of cocaine vs. crack cocaine. Just on principle, I don’t think that the rule is fair at all, but the fact that it is known that it is primarily used by blacks makes the law morally wrong. These sentences promote racial stereotyping and harsh sentences basically destroy any chance for these people at a future education, public housing, and finding a job. Initiated by President Clinton, any person convicted of a felony is forever banned from a place in public housing. In addition, on ANY job application, there is a check box to mark if you are a convicted felon or not. Patrons claim that that is not a factor in the hiring process, but I don’t think anyone believes for one second that that is true.
    After these sentences, it is also very difficult to get a good education. More than likely, they did not grow up in the best of circumstances, and they have no money or education when they get out of prison, so they just go back to what they were doing before because that’s what they’re used to and it’s all they know. Because of this, the cycle repeats itself, but with ever harsher sentences because they now have a prior conviction. I believe that job unavailability is the largest long term consequence, along with housing and education for you and possibly a family as well.

  2. The difference between a law breaker and a criminal is that a law breaker breaks the law and a criminal is someone who has committed a crime and is at fault. What I have learned is that virtually everybody is a law breaker but you can live all your life and never be a criminal. When you are being labeled as a law breaker let’s say that in a situation where you had parked in a no parking zone, you are considered a law breaker not a criminal. When you have robbed a store, you are a criminal because you have a committed a crime of stealing. Some of the consequences of being a law breaker and a criminal are can be overlapped because there are laws where they cover crimes but exist anyway whether or not there is a crime against them. Some the consequences of being a law breaker are that you have a guilty conscious because you broke the law but nobody will judge you because nobody will know that you broke the law and then if they do find out it will probably not matter. Some of the consequences of being a criminal is you get a record, you can go to jail and since you go to jail you have a hard time get a job and if it very hard to get an apartment, its very hard to get a loan so you can restart your life, and when you are around people who know there situation they see you as trouble.

  3. What is the difference between a criminal and a lawbreaker? Its real simple a criminal is someone who commits a crime. An example of a criminal would be a drug dealer, a robber, and a human trafficker. Criminals are not just breaking the law but also committing crimes. A lawbreaker is someone who breaks the law. An example of a lawbreaker is someone who speeds while driving, they’re not committing a crime but they’re breaking the law. A lawbreaker would get a slap on wrist, while a criminal face jail time. Being labeled a criminal basically means you lose most of your rights. A criminal can’t vote, can’t get public housing, can’t obtain a loan, can’t go to college, it’s harder to get a job, you obtain a criminal record, and you go to jail. A lawbreaker obtains a fine or community service.

  4. A law-breaker and a criminal are similar in the sense that they both are given to those who simply engage in illegally or morally wrong acts. However, their meanings can be interpreted in many ways and the consequences for a criminal outweigh those that come with people who are labeled as law-breakers for disobeying minor rules and regulations. A great example of a law-breaker would be one who does not obey speed limits and texts while driving, which if caught that individual would simply get a warning or ticket for not following the stated law and even though they are not committing a crime they are still breaking the law causing them to have somewhat of a guilty conscience. A criminal on the other hand would be someone who commits a crime like murder. The reason that being labeled as a criminal is looked at in more of a negative aspect is because not only are you acting illegally but you are also committing a crime that you can be prosecuted or punished for. If you are deemed a criminal you lose privileges like the right to vote or even attending a university and it is extremely harder to obtain a job. Whereas, a lawbreaker would merely be given a fine of some sort depending on the severity of the law that is being broken.

  5. The big difference between someone being a law breaker or being a criminal is that often times, simply breaking a law can be pretty harmless a lot of the time. For example, jaywalking is illegal, but it’s not very often that you hear a news story that a group of thugs were caught jaywalking across the street, or you don’t ever see any police officers enforcing the law either. This is an example of breaking the law, but not being a criminal. On the other hand, being a criminal has much more serious consequences, and is a label reserved only for those who break much more serious laws. An example of a crime would be selling drugs, or murder, or committing a robbery – something that you know is wrong and illegal, yet some people still do them. Committing crimes is much more dangerous than simply breaking the law, as when you commit serious crimes as opposed to simply breaking a law, you can face some serious jail time or even worse consequences.

  6. The difference between a criminal and a law-breaker according to a lot of people is that a criminal commits crimes and a law-breaker breaks rules here and they that don’t necessarily end in major consequences. In my opinion a law-breaker is just the starting point of a criminal, not saying that all law-breaker will end as criminals but you start somewhere. I believe in a reading or something a man went to prison for stealing some candy when I would consider that as just breaking the law. I think the man had a previous record so that is why he went to jail so we cant really say that law-breakers get a smaller punishment, it really depends on the circumstances.

  7. Being a law-breaker has much less severe consequences than being a criminal. Breaking the law can consist of minor offenses along the line of speeding. These typically result in receiving a ticket or some sort of community service depending on if you have prior offenses. Besides that, there really aren’t any other consequences. Being labeled a law-breaker might weigh be on your conscious for a short while and your family might be disappointed in you a bit but these reactions won’t last long. Committing a crime, such as murder, will result in jail time or even death. Over the years, an increasing number of illegal activities are now being considered as committing a crime and are being given much harsher sentences. This is especially the case where minimum sentences are now required for drug offenses. This has led to a record high 2.3 million prisoners. Finishing out your sentence might be the least of your worries after realizing the obstacles you’ll be facing when getting back into the real world. Every job application has a box to mark if you have a criminal record, which severely hurts your chances of getting a decent job. Public housing is no longer an option. Going to college is very difficult since you can’t receive loans. Nearly every opportunity for ex-convicts to get back on their feet is denied to them, which makes it very difficult for one to reintegrate themselves into living a normal life. This has lead to increasingly higher recidivism rates. Being a criminal also has a huge effect on family, with children having to experience the worst of it. Growing up with a parent being in jail can mean missing out on important life experiences and create tough living conditions. Having parents in jail results in a higher likelihood of ending up in jail themselves. There are about 2.7 million children with a parent behind bars.

    • Yes, being a law breaker is less of a stereotype then being a criminal. This difference usually does have to do with the severity of the crime. Do you think that racism plays a roll in the judges dicision in America?

  8. A law breaker is when someone breaks the law and a criminal is someone who committed a crime. A lot of people are law breakers doing things such as parking in a handicap spot and a crime is stealing, selling drugs or murder. Usual law breaking things such as speeding are law breaking but are not committing a crime. If someone steals or sells drugs, those are criminal acts and that person is usually labeled as a criminal from there on out which makes it hard to get into college, get a job or get a house. Not being able to get a job or get a house because they are labeled as a criminal will affect their children who will grow up in a poor environment which will lead to children performing crimes and it becomes a vicious cycle. Like in the film we watched, drug dealing parents will pass on the idea to their kids that selling drugs is the only way they can make money. They see their parents performing criminal and law breaking acts so they do the same, leading to children becoming criminals as well.

  9. There are many differences and similarities between criminals and law-breakers. A law-breaker is simply defined as one who breaks laws and a criminal is simply one who commits a crime.
    Law-breakers break laws such as speeding while driving or jay-walking. Law-breakers often have a guilty conscious because they know they broke the law but also know there won’t be a severe punishment. From personal experience, I’ve even seen police officers not abiding by the law. Breaking the law results in not as harsh punishments as committing a crime. Consequences for breaking the law may include having to pay a fine or having to do community service of some sort.
    Committing a crime included activities such as robbery, drug dealing or murder. Although both breaking the law and committing a crime are both illegal and wrongful behaviors, criminals face more severe punishments. Criminals essentially lose everything including relationships with loved ones, access to loans, education/job opportunities, the right to vote, and they have to face serious jail time. It’s hard for criminals to create a successful life out of jail because they now have a record.
    According to the video from class, more and more illegal activities are being treated as crimes. For example, according to the article written by The Nation, hundreds of Louisiana prisoners are being sentenced to death for non-violent crimes such as possession of drugs and shoplifting.
    Just because you are a law-breaker, doesn’t mean you are a criminal but both are morally wrong and potentially hurt those who surround you as well as yourself.

  10. From class I have learned that there is a major difference between being a law breaker and a criminal. From what I understand being a lawbreaker is on occasion committing small misdemeanors such as speeding and parking tickets. Where as being a criminal is committing serious crimes such as robbery and distribution of drugs and other things that fall in those categories. In this class I have came to the conclusion that the Criminal Justice system is unfair and targets the lower class and minorities. The biggest example that comes to mind is the 100:1 rule dealing with cocaine and crack cocaine. Cocaine is known to be a “rich mans” drug because of how much it costs compared to crack, even though crack is the same exact thing but with baking soda and other things added to it. Crack is around more of the lower class populations and police are more focused on these lower class people than the upper class cocaine users. This rule makes absolutely no sense to me, essoecaiily the fact that people are getting longer and harsher sentences then people who are caught with the same amount of cocaine. It makes no sense how one person can get in more trouble because of this. This majorly affects the lower class because once caught with this drug you are labled as criminal with a felony and this takes a toll on the family. Kids will not get the proper support they need living in a poor community and these kids have higher chances of selling drugs just because they do not know how to do anything else to receive an income.

  11. Many people think that being a law breaker and a criminal are the same without any differences between them. When you think about it, it does make sense to assume that the two labels are the exact same thing. Criminals are usually associated with breaking laws. The funny thing is that the vast majority of us are law-breakers. We are all guilty of traffic offenses, which is considered breaking the law. We are not, however, all criminals. Criminals are those who have been tried and convicted of a crime. When convicted of a crime, a criminal is given a record that is nearly impossible to get rid of. The consequences of a record is extremely detrimental to life after conviction. With a criminal record, it is almost impossible to get a job. Criminals are discriminated against during job applications because of their past record. Along with job trouble, criminals with a record have little options with the housing industry. Criminals can not partake in public housing, and with the little job opportunities out there, there are little opportunities to buy a house. Another consequence of being labeled as a criminal, is that the children of this criminals will have to face obstacles in their life. These children will likely be poorer because of their parents inability to find a job, and they will not have the same opportunities to succeed as others.

  12. Lawbreakers and criminals are similar in fact that they have both done something wrong in the eyes of the law. The consequences are different, however, and the degree of the offense is as well. Lawbreakers break the law, simple as that. It could be just driving over the speed limit, texting while driving, or breaking minor rules and regulations. These lawbreakers get less consequence, a ticket maybe or a warning. Criminals break the law, but also commit a crime that they will serve consequences for. These crimes may include murder, robbery, rape, etc. They face jail time and commit a major offense. It goes on your record and follows you for the rest of your life. It can affect getting a job, loan, house, and many other aspects of your life including the right to vote, family and relationships. There is a huge difference in the severity of the offense as well as the repercussions, depending on what you are convicted of. Its safe to say lawbreakers commit small offenses with little consequence. But whether it be a lawbreaker or a criminal, no one wants to be either.

  13. The initial definitions for law breaker and criminal are very similar in that they both constitute people who break or violate the law. However the context of these two words in society has steadily changed from their original definition. One key difference is that a law breaker can do something as simple as speed and still not be a criminal as a criminal loses rights such as the ability to vote and now have a record that when applying for jobs singles them out as one of the first to be declined during the application process. What’s worse is that with this a criminal can enter a cycle of criminal behavior because of the difficulties that are imposed for being a criminal. Meanwhile a law breaker is far less likely to have to deal with job problems due to their illegal activites.

  14. I think the different between law breaker and criminal is that criminal is when a person who steals something from the other people or store, it should be a criminal because there is a crime of stealing. The law breaker is mean when we knew something is only for a group people to use, but we are trying to use for it. The criminal is there will be some police to catch you to see the judge and go to the jail. The law breaker is there will be break the law but there is not a lot of people to see or they did not care how you break the law in this moment. Because it is not an important thing for them to know, they only care if the person is a criminal in their society. In addition, there is no record for people who break the law. The reason is no one would know you break the law. However, if the person who is criminal, it would have a record for them. Because it was a big impact for them to find a job, they cannot find any a high income jobs when they had a record in their file. It would have a big problems in their future.

  15. A criminal is someone who commits crime as a career choice and a lawbreaker is someone who chooses to steal but only gets a fine or a penalty. A lawbreaker will steal from a connivence store as opposed to a criminal who would rob a bank. If someone is a criminal then I’m pretty sure that have committed a felony and so they have to check off the box on a job application that says they have committed a crime. A lawbreaker would just have to pay a fine as their punishment.

  16. The different between criminal and law-breaker is depend on how baneful influence that bring to society. For example, according to traffic laws people should corss the road when traffic light green, but still have some people corss the road when traffic light red or yellow, they are law-breaker. These kind of people just may bring negative influence for themself like by traffic accidents, they do not bring how big negative influence to the whole society. However, criminal usually bring some serious impact for society. Criminal usually include murder, rob,stealing and so on, these kind of things would lead lots of people on that social enviroment feel the fear and disrupt the social order. Criminal is worse than law-breaker.

  17. Law breaking is something every single person is guilty of at some point in their lives. Minor things like speeding and driving without a seatbelt are law breaking. A criminal is someone who has committed a crime that would result in jail time or probation of some kind e.g. drug dealing, larceny, murder, etc. Both obviously break the laws but criminal acts have much more serious consequences. The unfortunate thing about this distinction is that many criminals serve jail time and that is only the beginning of their problems. After being released into the real world with a record, it becomes near impossible to find upstanding jobs, go to school or get public housing. Suddenly criminals are alienated and left with few options to legally obtain money, housing and food and end up resorting to criminal behavior again. This creates a cycle that is near impossible to break and ends up effecting younger generations who grow up with parents in jail.

  18. Jason McClain

    The difference between a law breaker and criminal is primarily about the severity of the offense.  An example of a law breaker would be a citizen who abides by almost all laws but occasionally commits a speeding infraction or another non-serious  misdimeanor.  A criminal on the other hand commits serious crimes such as robbery or murder.  Another difference between the two is intent.  Acriminal sets out to commit a deviant act that is known to be a criminal act.  Whereas a law breaker usually does not have malicious intent that leads to a violation of law.  Being labeled as a criminal as opposed to a law breaker can have consequences for both the criminal and the criminals family.  While a law breaker will recieve some scruitinty from there family, but in most cases is forgiven relatively soon.  The family of a labeled criminal may completely disown them because of embarrasement, shame or fear of scruitiny from others.  Criminals as opposed to law breakers are more likely to re-offend.  We’ve learned in class that the justice system is not geared toward rehabilitation.  People who are labeled and criminals and sent to prison become part of a perpetuating cycle which is a huge consequence of labeling some a criminal versus a law breaker.

  19. I believe that the definition of a true criminal is more of a character flaw where as a law breaker is someone who is not actually trying to inflict harm. However, today in our society good people have been made into criminals because of our judicial and criminal system. The patterns we have observed in class, in particular the recent film about different state prisons and how many of the “criminals” were non-violent people who do not necessarily deserve the sentence they received. I find the minimum sentencing very unfair and frankly harmful to our nation. I do believe that there are true “criminals” out there and they deserve to be removed from our streets because they are harmful to our society, but currently there are a great deal of individuals who have a lot of potential and I feel that putting them behind bars is not beneficial to anyone. A law breaker is someone who receives a speeding ticket or commits another non-violent that does not lead to jail time or arrest. I believe that the difference relies mainly on the fact that a true criminal is doomed because of his character and his intent. A lawbreaker could be anyone on any given day. I think that our society over uses the word criminal and should perhaps rethink what it truly means.

  20. The difference between a law breaker and a criminal is that a law breaker is usually a person who has committed as a minor offense, such as speeding or running a red light. A criminal is some who commits a much more serious offense such as murder, rape, or kidnapping. Acts performed by criminals involve violence towards a victim while acts performed by lawbreakers are relatively harmless to anyone. If a person breaks the law they may receive a warning or a fine, but if a person commits a crime they will most likely go to trial, face prosecution and end up serving time in prison for the criminal act they committed. Being labeled as a lawbreaker would not be seen as a very big deal to many people because many people have broken the law and managed to get away with it because of how minor the offense is. However after being labeled as a criminal or convicted felon a person is no longer allowed to live in public housing, unable to get a job, or further their education. Furthermore they are constantly under scrutiny and people will constantly expect the worst from them because if they committed a crime once before it is always possible that they will do it again. Being labeled a criminal affects all aspects of a persons life, both personally and professionally.

  21. There are no essential differences between law-break and criminal, they all violate the law of the country. However, I think criminal is a part of law-break. Criminal is someone who commits a crime and causes great damage and influence to the society. For example murder, rob and drug trafficking are all belong to criminal. As can be seen, these three behavior cause serious harm to the society, and most of criminals are intentional behavior. In addition, individual who commits a crime can be punished seriously by country. Criminal people can be sent to prison and the length of time in jail depends on the level of criminal. The political rights can be taken by country, if someone who commits crime. On the other hand, law-break is not as serious as criminal, and it is harmless to society. Such as, over speed on the high way is a kind of law-break. If individual who over speed and pull over by police, the police officer may just give you a ticket or verbal warning. Unlike criminal, some behaviors of law-break are unintentional. All in all, there are no essential differences between law-break and criminal. I think criminal is a part of law-break; however, criminal is much worse than law-break. In addition the law-break may develop to a criminal, therefore, we should prevent if someone who always make something law-break. As we seen in the film, people just sell less amount of drug which is just law-break, and they develop their behavior of drug trafficking as a criminal level.

  22. Rather than being a criminal, being a law-breaker has much less severe repercussions. Violating the standard laws can include minor offenses, such as speeding or running a red light. These types of violations usually result in a ticket or community service, all depending upon the situation. A guilty conscious is usually a result of violating a law and suffering a minor consequence such as these. Now, committing a murder or robbery, each serious crimes, will result in a much different conclusion—such as jail time or the death penalty. As time has gone on, a number of activities are now considered crimes and being treated with more severe punishments. One aspect that this concept is extremely harsh on is drug offenses. Drug offenses have reached a exceeding number of 2.3 million prisoners. Going back out into the everyday world after a jail sentence can be much more of a shock than anticipated. No employers will be eager to accept an application that has a check mark in the criminal record box. A home to live in is more difficult to obtain, since public housing is not an option for a registered criminal. No loans can be given, meaning no college loans for those wishing to complete school. There are little to no opportunities for ex-convicts, and the backlash of choices does not only affect the guilty criminal. Many family’s lives are turned upside down too. Milestone life experiences are missed because of criminal choices and a now challenging lifestyle. Unfortunately, it is not rare for the children of convicts to end up in prison themselves. Statistics state that about 2.7 million children currently deal with a parent being withheld in a locked up prison cell.

    • this touches on a point i made on how the US judicial system deos not give a criminal a chance to make up for their mistakes. Do you think there should be a way criminals can make up for their mistakes and become prosperous?

  23. Practically everyone in the world will in someway or another break the law at some point in their life, so everyone is a law breaker. This could be done by simply dropping a piece of trash in the road, which is indeed breaking the law. However, a criminal is usually someone who is guilty of a more serious crime, that has a significant impact on our society and is not as easy to avoid or brush off. These are the people that spend years to life in prison for breaking the law. But too often there are people that are labeled criminals that do not deserve the sentences they receive, as we have seen in films and discussed many times in class. There are many cases where people who should be treated as “law-breakers” are treated as criminals and not given a second chance. This is not how things should be, because children are losing their parents and role models for life because of small crimes that receive exaggerated sentences.

  24. Based on in-class discussions, a law-break would be simply breaking a law. A criminal is somebody who breaks laws and commits crimes, and most of the time is a repeat offender. Criminal has a negative connotation to me also. Being labeled as a law-breaker seems like a very non-dangerous person, such as somebody who deals drugs or somebody who drinks while underage. A criminal seems like someone who robs people, who murders; somebody who you would fear and would want in jail.
    The films we have watched have shown us that law-breakers, somebody who seems pretty harmless, could get a longer and a harsher sentence than criminals.
    Being labeled as a law-breaker doesn’t have the negative connotation that can affect people’s lives in the future, breaking a speeding law and getting a ticket is not the same as being labeled a criminal.
    The label of criminal makes me picture a low-life, repeat offender, who won’t do any good for society so we might as well put them in a jail cell. And this is the mind-set society has created with the war on drugs, by calling drug dealers criminals and locking them away for life when they commit non-dangerous crimes while a rapist gets off scot-free. Sure, people may be appalled that the justice system could let something like that happen, but publicize an event like that and you’ll see that people will act like they care and become these keyboard warriors then forget about it a day later. It’s the newest fad to get on the train and be appalled with everyone else while no solutions are being created for the problem and not many are actually making a difference.
    This might be the biggest consequence of all, the fact that these labels have been socially constructed so easily and can so easily effect whether we support our legal system and government or not. It’s just that easy.
    Another consequence is being labeled as a criminal in general. People may think of the context when they hear someone is a criminal but their mind is most likely to jump to an idea of violence. Coming into this class I was under the impression that many in jail were dangerous people and I was shocked to find out that most of those people are there are drug charges. A criminal is not always what we think. Being labeled this can prevent employment and can cause entire lives to cave in on themselves even if they don’t receive a life sentence.

  25. The difference between a lawbreaker and a criminal is very minimal actually. A lawbreaker can be your everyday person. I consider myself a lawbreaker at times. I have gone above the speed limit, I have jaywalked, I have done an illegal U-turn but I am not a criminal because I have not injured anybody in those actions and I am not affecting the community around me. I guess it also depends on who is defining a criminal from a lawbreaker. 1 person might call me a criminal for speeding and others might just say I broke the law. I see a criminal as a person who puts himself or others in danger and/or is doing things to spread and support illegal activity like dealing drugs for example. A lot of time the justice system transforms lawbreakers into criminals. They can nail them with a small time offence and turn it into a big thing and label that person as a criminal where as other times they can just fine them or give them a slap on the wrist. I sometimes feel like the justice system will raise jail time or consequences on things that they believe are primarily done by people of color. In class we talked about how 70% of the drug dealers in Seattle are white but 70% of those in jail for drug dealing are of color. When they stated that this is so because colored dealers deal in the open it is like they are trying to justify why they mainly go after blacks and Latino’s. If they label this 70% as criminals they should all be considered as criminals no matter the skin color or race. I guess the only difference in a criminal and a lawbreaker is how an individual interprets it. Speeding might not be a big deal to some people but to others it can be a big deal. What I do know is that in some cases criminals are made by our own justice system and in the way they interpret things.

  26. Criminals and law-breakers can easily be mistaken for the same or similar type, but they differ in a more technical sense not easily seen. Criminals are those caught in the act of doing a crime and convicted of it. Someone smuggling drugs or caught with cocaine on themselves by the police would considered to be a crime. Then on the other side there is someone such as law-breaker and can be caught j-walking or drunk driving. Then I think deeper about it and they both sound similar and could definitely be looked at as the same thing. Both are people doing something they aren’t supposed to and being convicted by the justice system. The only way I can differ the two is that a criminal sounds like someone being caught in the act of doing whereas a law-breaker is someone convicted of committing a criminal offence. With dealing of the consequences from these different labels comes some stereotypes and myths. A criminal sounds like a horrible person that has murdered someone or is of harm to society. Were a law-breaker sounds more formal and like you were caught stealing credit cards. It reminds me of the difference between crack and cocaine. Cocaine being the rich-man’s drug and then always finding crack in the streets and cocaine on white upper class people. On another outlook criminal sometimes sounds petty as if they were caught shoplifting, whereas law-breaker could sound as serious as treason. It is all based on the media coverage and what we have seen in our environments growing up.

  27. A law breaker and a criminal seems to be similar but in depth of meaning, it is different but both words starts from committing not right thing. A law breaker applies to anyone who breaks any law things like speeding and running stop lights but no crime is committed unless during the act of breaking those laws injury to other persons or property occur. If a person breaks the law they may receive a warning or a fine. Otherwise, the criminals is that individual is accused of conduct that has potentially damaged society like murder, rape, or stealing which harms third people. Criminal is looked at in more negative aspect because not only you acting illegally but also committing a crime. I believe, a criminal is comes from breaking law because sometime, people breaks law not intentionally but it makes people to die or harm. However, if you are labeled as a criminal, there is no longer allowed right to vote, unable to get a job, even attending a school. Being labeled a criminal affects all aspects of person life.

  28. Criminals and law breaks are on two very different sides of the spectrum. for example a criminal is someone who commits a serious crime such as, a murder or selling drugs and will most likely be incarcerated at a jail or prison. Also the law enforces such crime at a much higher rate and certain laws became in affect due to the situation. The stop and frisk policy is a direct result for the cops to have an easier time finding drugs on “suspicious” people. Where on the other hand a law breaker is far less serious. An example of a law breaker is someone who jay walks or violates a common driving law such as speeding or not stopping completely at a stop sign. Also in comparison the law does little to stop people in doing so they only banks on hopefully catching someone in the act. The penalty in doing such actives is far less and will only result in a small fine. People often confuse the difference between these two very opposite things. For example people think that all criminals are law breakers, in a sense this is true because in order to be a criminal a person has to break a law but on the other side a person does not have to be a criminal for breaking a law. At the blind eye this subject can be difficult to wrap ones head around but with a closer look it is actually quite simple.

  29. In the United States being labeled a criminal is much different then being labeled a law-breaker. A law breaker is someone who forgets to put on their seat belt or runs a red light.. Nothing serious; A criminal is everything above that, from a sex offender to a murder, a criminal usually did something to hurt or intend to hurt someone. After being labeled a criminal it is very hard to get a job not only because of how dangerous someone may be, but companies do not like having people know that criminals work for them. When it comes to stereotypes and laws the first thing that come to mind here is the crack vs. cocaine law. The punishment for possessing crack vs cocaine is a 100 to 1 ration with crack being 100 times worse. The only reason that this law is in place is because of the drug war, where they cleared the streets of black drug users and dealers under President Clinton. This law was based off the stereotype that black people tend to use crack where white people tend to use cocaine because of opportunity. The law was also aimed to get blacks off the streets because they were believed to be committing more crimes. Since the war on drugs there has been a steady increase among prisoners in the federal prison system among black people for drug charges.
    The repercussions for a law-breaker vs a criminal are very different. Upon bring labeled a lawbreaker, there are not very many consequences other then a steep fine. Things change once being charged as a criminal though. Upon being labeled a criminal one is subject to jail time and a life long brand that they carry with them that makes it hard to do day to day things. In future job applications criminals are subject to background check that can hinder their chances tremendously for getting a job. Depending on the crime committed criminals are not aloud to work at many jobs because companies do not want to hurt their image. In my opinion the legal system does not give a person who made one mistake in their life to grow from it and prosper. The judicial system often results in repeated offenders because after committing one crime it is often hard for a criminal such as a drug dealer to go into the real world and earn real money with a criminal brand. All in all what I have taken away from this class is that there are huge repercussions for criminals, and the judicial system is kind of messed up in that it is stereotypical toward black people and does not give criminals a chance to grow after their mistakes.

  30. The difference between a criminal and a law-breaker according to my knowledge that a criminal commits crimes and a law-breaker breaks the rules. For example, the criminal is murder or theft something like this but the law-breaker is break the speed limit rule and stop sign. In my opinion, a law-breaker is beginning point of the criminal, but all the law-breaker can paid with penalty fee or volunteer work. But the criminal have remain the record least of the life and people who on the next of the criminal get hurts. However the only thing that most importance is depends on the circumstances. Such as the man had a previous record and he did law-break, so then he should can be go to jail.

  31. While both break laws, being a law breaker and a criminal are not only a way to delegate punishment, but also carry out the implicit racism present in our legal system. While many may try and argue that a law breaker, and a criminal aren’t indicative of race, the fact that black males are 5x more likely to be arrested with felonies tells a different story. Law breakers are just people who have speeding tickets and other menial infractions, but criminals are not only prosecuted but basically stripped or their rights. They have limited access to jobs, especially in New York where they are prevented from working 40 jobs. Aside from jobs, they are also limited in voting rights, schooling opportunities and countless other rights. While being a law breaker may impact one momentarily, a criminal charge impacts ones life forever.

  32. In my opinion the difference between a law breaker and a criminal is that a law breaker breaks a law that isn’t as serious as say drug trafficking or murdering someone, while on the other hand a criminal does. If someone is driving above the speed limit or they run a red light then they are simple law breakers that can be punished with a fine. However, it could be possible however that a law breaker and a criminal could be one and the same. The justice system makes it possible to form criminals out of law breakers because of all the laws that have been passed by presidents like say Clinton, where he instituted that people that had committed felonies were banned from public housing. Other laws against felons even negate voting rights, the ability to apply for loans, and the freedom to not say they were convicted on a job application. This brings me back to my thinking of maybe law breakers and criminals having no difference. If a person decides to sell cocaine or crack just one single time because they were struggling economically then it can be agreed that that person is law breaker because they broke the law that says not to sell drugs much like the person that decided to speed while driving even though there is a law saying that’s not allowed. Here is where everything changes, the one that sold drugs not only is he getting more time if he sold crack instead of cocaine, but they will also have to carry all those laws of no voting, housing, loans, etc. on their back. The guy that sped on the road is just going to get around a hundred dollar ticket, or perhaps even just a warning. But, what if the person that sold drugs is sure they won’t do it again because they’ve learned their lesson? They pay their “fine” just like the traffic violator but with years for selling drugs. As soon as the driver pays their fine they never have to not be eligible for housing and I doubt very much that at the time of applying for a loan they will be asked if they have driving tickets. The drug dealer that is also a law breaker, after paying with years, they get out and maybe now they are homeless so he decides to apply for housing in a government assisted place because he doesn’t have much money, but he will be turned down. Since he doesn’t have money he is going to try to get a job, but his potential employer is going to be discouraged from hiring him because he saw “yes” circled next to the question of, “have you been convicted of a felony?”. Since he has no job he may want to apply for school loans to raise his education, but again, thanks to the rules of the justice system he will be denied. This person will have no other choice then make the same mistake that got him there in the first place to be able to survive. On and on the cycle will continue with some becoming real criminals because the justice system sees them that way instead of people that broke the law and maybe have no intentions of doing it again. So to the question I say that there is no difference between a law breaker and a criminal they both break a law and they both have to pay for it, but only one of them is allowed to go on as if nothing happened while the other is secluded by numerous laws.

  33. There is a huge difference between being a law-breaker and being a criminal. When I think of a law-breaker, I think of someone who has broken any law. For example, somebody going over the suggested speed limit is just as much of a law breaker than somebody who molests children. Regardless of the degree of breaking the law, both of those examples are against the law any way you look at it. A criminal is somebody who commits a serious crime. For example, a drug dealer, a rapist, a serial killer, a child molester and tags of that nature are all criminals. Someone who speeds once in a blue moon isn’t a criminal. Speeding through a yellow light doesn’t make you a criminal. But, someone who habitually does things like this and puts other people’s lives at stake should be considered a criminal as a menace to society. Stop and frisk laws were enacted to that the police could catch drug dealers and other people they thought might be suspicious so that they could take those people out of modern day society and take away their rights as people. The problem with this is that criminals were being caught, yes, but the police were only really cracking down on ethnic inner city kids and that has led to the stereotyping of majority of African Americans to be poor, drug dealing inner city kids that grew up stealing and robbing people to survive. And for law-breakers, I think law-breakers usually are portrayed as middle class white America, only worried about parking tickets, speeding tickets, jaywalking and other miscellaneous traffic/minor infractions.

  34. I feel like before I was in this class the differences between a law-breaker and a criminal were very set for me in my mind. A law-breaker was just someone who did minor things, like J-walking or petty theft. A criminal was someone who committed murder or something more serious. I also was under the assumption that a criminal did something with the intent to harm and a law-breaker did the opposite (kind of).

    Now I kind of realize that law-breakers and criminals aren’t really that different because of certain societal views. A criminal who is in jail committed the same act as someone on the street who I would have considered just a law-breaker. I think the two terms are very situational depending on who is prosecuted and who isn’t. It also greatly depends on the area these people live in, which is something we talked about in class as far as the places certain people are forced to live because of public housing felony laws and such.

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