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The Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment

Wesley G. Jennings (Editor), George E. Higgins (Associate Editor), Mildred M. Maldonado-Molina (Associate Editor), David N. Khey (Associate Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-51971-4
1448 pages
January 2016, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment provides the most comprehensive reference for a vast number of topics relevant to crime and punishment with a unique focus on the multi/interdisciplinary and international aspects of these topics and historical perspectives on crime and punishment around the world.

  • Named as one of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles of 2016 
  • Comprising nearly 300 entries, this invaluable reference resource serves as the most up-to-date and wide-ranging resource on crime and punishment
  • Offers a global perspective from an international team of leading scholars, including coverage of the strong and rapidly growing body of work on criminology in Europe, Asia, and other areas
  • Acknowledges the overlap of criminology and criminal justice with a number of disciplines such as sociology, psychology, epidemiology, history, economics, and public health, and law
  • Entry topics are organized around 12 core substantive areas: international aspects, multi/interdisciplinary aspects, crime types, corrections, policing, law and justice, research methods, criminological theory, correlates of crime, organizations and institutions (U.S.), victimology, and special populations
  • Organized, authored and Edited by leading scholars, all of whom come to the project with exemplary track records and international standing

3 Volumes


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Author Information

Wesley G. Jennings is an Associate Professor, Associate Chair, and Undergraduate Director in the Department of Criminology, has a Courtesy Appointment in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, and is a Faculty Affiliate of the Florida Mental Health Institute in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. In addition, he also has a Courtesy Appointment in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy and is a Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Child Health Policy in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. He is the current Editor of the American Journal of Criminal Justice and he has served as a contributing editor for The Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology (Wiley 2014).  
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This work may just start a revolution in the production of subject encyclopedias...concisely written entries refrain from excessive technical jargon without compromising definitions or information. Articles are comprehensible to students and professionals or criminal-justice aficionados alike...This resource belongs in every public and academic library...." Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels - CHOICE, Editor Picks, November 2016

“In an age where there are dozens of encyclopedias in the field of criminology, this one stands out. Jennings has amassed a stellar set of nationally and internationally-recognized criminologists to provide a comprehensive review of the key topics surrounding crime, justice, and punishment.”
-Alex Piquero, University of Texas at Dallas

“The Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment provides comprehensive and concise reviews of nearly every significant topic related to the understanding of crime and criminology, theory, and practice. As a landmark reference tool, this work will prove to be of great value to students, faculty, and researchers alike. “
-Angela Gover, University of Colorado Denver

“This Encyclopedia presents a wealth of very useful knowledge about many different topics in criminology. It is particularly strong on international aspects. Each entry provides an expert summary of key research on each topic, and all criminologists will find these entries extremely helpful and illuminating.”
-David P. Farrington, Cambridge University

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