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NCJ Number: 91336 Find in a Library
Title: Greece (From International Handbook of Contemporary Developments in Criminology, Volume 2, P 289-310, 1983, Elmer H Johnson, ed. See NCJ-91322)
Author(s): C D Spinellis
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Greenwood Publishing Group
Westport, CT 06881-5007
Sale Source: Greenwood Publishing Group
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper considers the characteristics of Greek society, sources for crime data, crime patterns, criminological research and education, careers in criminology, and prospects for criminology in Greece.
Abstract: A traditional society, Greece is undergoing, in the 1980's, the disintegration of informal social controls. Greek crime statistics cover only the most serious offenses, and these statistics are compiled by the National Statistical Service on the basis of police and court records. The Greek citizenry is not currently alarmed by the incidence of violent crimes, although data suggest an increase in such crimes. Criminal sanctions are relatively mild in Greece, as imprisonment for less than 1 month is the most frequent sentence. The suspended sentence is the next most often used sanction. Criminology in Greece follows the European tradition in being legally and medically oriented. Criminology is taught in law schools by persons trained abroad. The absence of departments of sociology in Greek universities has hampered the development of criminology in Greece. In spite of these difficulties, a chair of criminology has been established at the Athens University Law School, and criminologists have been included on various governmental committees. Seventy-two notes and 54 bibliographic entries are provided.
Index Term(s): Crime patterns; Criminology; Data collections; Greece; Social conditions
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