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NCJ Number: 185885 Find in a Library
Title: Criminology: Theories, Patterns, and Typologies, Seventh Edition
Author(s): Larry J. Siegel Ph.D.
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 542
Sponsoring Agency: Wadsworth Publishing Co
Belmont, CA 94002
Publication Number: ISBN 0-534-54514-9
Sale Source: Wadsworth Publishing Co
Ten Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This overview text explores the workings of the police, courts, and corrections and looks at policies and legal issues faced by criminal justice professionals on a daily basis.
Abstract: Chapters in the text are organized according to three parts: (1) concepts of crime, law, and criminology; (2) theories of crime causation; and (3) crime typologies. The first part presents a brief history of criminology and examines how criminologists view crime, criminal law and its processes, trial procedures, jury trials, the nature and extent of crime, crime trends, gun control, and victims and victimization. The second part reviews theories of crime causation, including choice, trait, social structure, social process, conflict, and integrated theories. In dealing with crime typologies, the final part specifically covers violent, property, white collar, organized, and public order crimes. The text also discusses community policing, crime mapping, high technology prisons, restorative justice, and juveniles in adult court. In addition, the text considers race, culture, and gender issues in criminal justice, along with zero tolerance aggressive policing tactics, the treatment of chronic drug offenders, and international crime trends. The text also contains a chapter on juvenile justice that highlights the current intense focus on juvenile crime. Notes, tables, figures, and photographs
Main Term(s): Criminology overview texts
Index Term(s): Community policing; Crime causes theory; Crime patterns; Criminal justice overview texts; Criminal law; Criminology theory evaluation; Drug offenders; Gun Control; History of criminal justice; Juries; Juvenile justice system; Juvenile offenders; Organized crime; Police policies and procedures; Property crimes; Public order offenses; Trial procedures; Victimization; Violent crimes; White collar crime
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