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NCJ Number: 118709 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Justice Theory: Anarchy Reigns
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:5  Issue:1  Dated:(February 1989)  Pages:29-39
Author(s): J H Henderson; R L Boostrom
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 11
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper develops the argument that more emphasis should be placed on theory development and exposing students to theory within criminal justice studies programs as an important element of professional preparation for future criminal justice practitioners.
Abstract: Theory courses in criminal justice studies have often emphasized criminology theory to the exclusion of theory drawn from other areas which might be more appropriate to an understanding of criminal justice organizations, such as the development of law and concepts of justice. The atheoretical policy orientation of criminal justice research has placed little emphasis on theory formulation and testing. In order to secure a place in the university community as a legitimate area of study for the future and to provide a body of knowledge appropriate for the practice of criminal justice, more attention to theory is needed. 21 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Criminal justice education
Index Term(s): Criminal justice evaluation; Criminal justice training; Criminology theory evaluation
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