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Assessing the Rationality of Criminal and Delinquent Behavior: A Focus on Actual Utility: Timothy Brezina

Offenders are no exception in this regard and relevant research points in the direction of limited rationality. Interviews with experienced shoplifters, for example, suggest that they typically gather and assess a wide range of information before considering a shoplifting attempt, including information about the size and accessibility of the target item, the presence of observers and other obstacles, and the likelihood of outwitting var-

ious security measures (Carroll and Weaver 1986; see ah;o Nagin and Paternoster 1993). These offenders, however, pay little attention to seemingly relevant considerations beyond the immediate situation, such as the possible consequences of apprehension, arrest, or jail (Carroll and Weaver 1986).