50 Discussion Questions about Crime

Do you know what the word “crime” means? If not, don’t worry because this blog post will explore some of the most common questions about crime.

Crime is defined as an act that violates the law. This includes robbery, murder, and even cheating on a test in school.

People often ask if there are certain crimes that only happen in specific countries or how much time someone can get in jail for committing a crime they didn’t mean to do.

These are all important questions about crime to discuss with your students so let’s keep exploring!

General Questions about Crime

These are some of the most common general questions about crime

  1. How do you define crime?
  2. What is the worst crime in your opinion?
  3. What do you think the most common crime in your country is?
  4. Is crime a serious problem where you live?
  5. Are violent crimes a problem in your city?
  6. Do the police do a good job in your country?
  7. Do you think it’s possible to live without committing crimes in your country?
  8. Should the laws be more or less strict in your country??
  9. Is your country a safe country?
  10. Have you ever witnessed a serious crime?
  11. What are some of the most dangerous places in your country?
  12. Have you ever been robbed?
  13. Is crime increasing or decreasing in your city?
  14. How do you think the world would be if there were no crimes?
  15. What is the punishment for murder in your country?
  16. What is the punishment for stealing in your country?
  17. What kinds of crimes are increasing in your country?
  18. What kinds of crimes are decreasing in your country?
  19. Do you have any crime prevention tips?
  20. Have you ever reported a crime?
  21. Why do people become criminals?
  22. Do you think security cameras in our cities are a good thing to prevent crime and catch offenders?
  23. What countries you wouldn’t like visiting because of the high crime rates?

Questions about Crimes and Prisons

These are general questions about Crime and Prisons

  1. Is jail an appropriate punishment for a first-time offender?
  2. How does one go to prison or jail in your country?
  3. Do you think prison works as a deterrent for criminals in your country?
  4. Should children be tried as adults instead of being sent to juvenile detention facilities if they commit a crime?
  5. Do you think that prison inmates should be allowed to vote?
  6. How do you think people in your country would react if someone was released from prison after only serving five years of a twenty-year sentence for murder?
  7. Have you ever seen or heard anything on the news about prison riots?
  8. What does it take to be able to get an early release from prison in your country?
  9. Do you think the death penalty should be allowed for certain crimes?
  10. What do you think about plea bargaining, in which a criminal pleads guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a lighter sentence?
  11. If two people are accused of committing the same crime, would your country treat them equally in court?

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Manuel Campos, English Professor

Manuel Campos

I am Jose Manuel, English professor and creator of EnglishPost.org, a blog whose mission is to share lessons for those who want to learn and improve their English