I will show how events that unfolded in Susan Frybergs life can be explained through Travis Hirschi’s social bonding theory. How the elements of attachment, commitment, involvement and belief would influence her life and her decisions ultimately ending in her detainment in a juvenile facility. I will also take a quick look at the implications that this theory has had on public policy reforms. Lastly I will try to expose some of the shortcoming of Travis Hirschi’s theory with a short critique thereof. Introduction to Hirschi’s Social Bond Theory Control theories take the opposite approach from other theories in criminology.
As their starting point, instead of asking what drives people to commit crime, they ask why most people not commit crime. Control theorists generally argue that there is no problem explaining why people commit crime since all human beings suffer from innate human weaknesses which make them unable to resist temptation. They focus on restraining or “controlling” factors that are broken or missing inside the personalities of criminals. If these restraining factors are thought to involve society in some way, as with the sociological notion that norms are internalized, then the theory is said to be a “social” control heory, and is most probably a social bond theory. Most control theories, however, are a blend of psychiatric, psychological, and sociological ideas. The most well-known figure in control theory