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The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Jay S. Albanese (Editor-in-Chief)
ISBN: 978-0-470-67028-6
2760 pages
January 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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Comprising over 500 entries on the essential topics within criminology and criminal justice, and available in print and online, this encyclopedia offers a state-of-the-art survey informed by the very latest theory and research. It combines this breadth of coverage with the authority and international perspective of an experienced editorial team, creating a definitive reference resource for students, scholars, and professionals in these interdisciplinary and dynamic fields.

  • Comprehensive: Offers wide-ranging coverage spanning 15 substantive areas within criminology and criminal justice, including criminal law, juvenile justice, education and professionalism, history of crime, and victimization
  • Authoritative: Edited by one of criminology’s leading authorities, and peer reviewed by a team of 14 associate editors, all of whom are renowned in their fields
  • Accessible: Uniquely organized to allow easy searching and cross referencing by keyword, topic, or alphabetical order
  • International: Brings together a global team of contributors from ten countries to offer a uniquely international perspective on topics such as transnational crime
  • Cutting-edge: Combines state-of-the-art coverage of developments in areas such as homeland security and forensic science, with the core topics within criminology and criminal justice
  • Interdisciplinary: Draws on the very latest theory and research from a number of fields, including criminal justice, criminology, sociology, law, security studies, and the psychology of crime, resulting in a valuable resource that will appeal to all those studying or working in related disciplines
  • Multi-format: Publishing simultaneously as a five-volume print set and via Wiley Online Library; visit www.encyclopediaofcriminology.com for further details
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Jay S. Albanese is Professor in the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. A celebrated authority on criminology and criminal justice, he is the former head of the International Center at the National Institute of Justice – the research arm of the US Department of Justice – and has received many prestigious awards, including The Elske Smith Distinguished Lecturer Award from Virginia Commonwealth University, and The Gerhard Mueller Award from the International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Dr. Albanese is the current chair of the American Society of Criminology’s Division of International Criminology. He is the author or editor of more than 15 books, including Professional Ethics in Criminal Justice: Being Ethical When No One is Looking (Third Edition, 2012), Transnational Crime and the 21st Century (2011), and Organized Crime in Our Times (Sixth Edition, 2011).

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“Summing Up: Highly recommended.  Libraries supporting upper-level undergraduates through  practitioners in criminology/criminal justice; general readers.”  (Choice, 1 September 2014)

“Anyone among us who can advance effective strategies for persuading this generation of students that there is still much of value to be gained from engaging with encyclopedias such as this one would be making a highly commendable contribution to our field.”  (American Reference Books Annual, 1 June 2014)

“Jay Albanese and the Associate Editors have created an outstanding reference for scholars, students, and practitioners of criminal justice and criminology. The five volumes are a significant contribution to our discipline. From historical references to the present, the entries are informative and well researched. In brief, The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice is an excellent resource.” 

—Alida V. Merlo, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


“The diverse group of highly qualified scholars represented in this resource has provided us with quick access to high-quality and well-referenced material suitable for both academic and professional pursuits.”

—Philip L. Reichel, University of Northern Colorado


“This is an excellent reference work focusing on historical and contemporary issues in criminology and criminal justice. The topics are timely and each article effectively summarizes and synthesizes the literature.”

—Cassia Spohn, Arizona State University

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