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NCJ Number: 97196 Find in a Library
Title: Criminology - Crime and Criminal Justice
Author(s): D S Eitzen; D A Timmer
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 638
Sponsoring Agency: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
Sale Source: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This criminology textbook contains 16 chapters on criminal justice, types of crime, and the criminal justice system. It is designed for an introductory criminology course.
Abstract: Part 1 (chapters 1-4) introduces a sociological perspective of crime and criminal justice, theories of crime and criminal justice, criminal law, and the social organization of official crime rates. Part 2 (chapters 5-10) describes all types of criminal behavior in American society: victimless, white-collar, organized, corporate, and political crime, as well as conventional street crime. Part 3 (chapters 11-15) discusses various aspects of the criminal justice system: policing, the criminal courts, punishment, and prisons. Also included is an examination of the recent 'crisis' or 'breakdown' in the justice system. The text focuses on the processing of criminals through the justice system, the biases of American criminal justice, and the consequences of crime and its justice, and the consequences of crime and its control -- or lack of control -- for individuals and society. The history of each type of crime and each component of the criminal justice system is explored in the individual chapters devoted to a particular crime or component. A final chapter examines the issue of controlling crime in the 1980's. The text includes a glossary, index, tables, photographs, footnotes, and a bibliography of approximately 850 references.
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (adult); Crime control theory; Criminal justice system analysis; Criminology overview texts; Organized crime; Political crimes; Punishment; Street crimes; Victimless crimes; White collar crime
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