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Criminology For Dummies

Criminology For Dummies

Steven Briggs

ISBN: 978-1-118-05266-2

Feb 2011

384 pages

$12.99

Description

Your thorough guide to comprehending and combating crime

Are you fascinated by criminology, forensics, and detective work? This you-are-there guide takes you deep into the world of crime, giving you a better understanding of the dark recesses of the criminal mind and how law enforcement officials investigate crime. You'll gain real-world knowledge of the reasons for and consequences of crime, the way society responds to it, and, most important, how crime can be prevented.

  • Enter the world of crime — understand what crime is, how it is measured, and the various ways crime affects victims and society

  • Identify different types of crime — from white-collar crime to organized crime to terrorism, examine the nature of crime and why certain criminals are attracted to specific crimes

  • Know who commits crimes, and why — explore different theories that attempt to explain why people commit crimes

  • Take it to the streets — follow law enforcement officials and federal agencies as they chase and apprehend the bad guys

  • Seek justice — meet the key players in the criminal justice system and see why and how the guilty are punished

  • Deal with juveniles — know the differences between adult and juvenile systems, realize why youths are treated differently, and review modern methods for treatment

Open the book and find:

  • Common criminal traits

  • The causes of violent crimes

  • Recent efforts to secure victims' rights

  • The processes used to solve crimes

  • A step-by-step walkthrough of the criminal justice process

  • Ways to recognize and fight back against crime

  • Jobs in the criminal justice field

  • Ten notorious, unsolved crimes

Introduction.

Part I: Defining and Measuring Crime.

Chapter 1: Entering the World of Crime.

Chapter 2: What Is Crime?

Chapter 3: How Crime Is Measured and Why It Matters.

Chapter 4: Helping Those in the Wake of Crime: Victims.

Part II: Identifying Types of Crime.

Chapter 5: Getting Violent: Crimes of Force.

Chapter 6: Hitting You in the Pocketbook: Property Crimes.

Chapter 7: Dressing Sharp and Stealing Big: White-Collar Crimes.

Chapter 8: A Group Effort: Organized Crime and Gangs.

Chapter 9: Tackling a Worldwide Problem: The Narcotics Trade.

Chapter 10: Front-Page News: Terrorism.

Part III: Figuring Out Who Commits Crimes and Why.

Chapter 11: What Factors Lead to Crime?

Chapter 12: Regarding Crime as a Rational Decision: Rational Choice Theory.

Chapter 13: Looking at Society’s Role in Crime.

Chapter 14: Can Your Mind or Body Make You a Criminal?

Chapter 15: Critical Theory: Theories off the Beaten Path.

Part IV: Fighting Crime.

Chapter 16: Battling Crime at the Local Level.

Chapter 17: Tackling Crime at the Federal Level.

Chapter 18: Solving Crimes: The Process.

Part V: Prosecuting and Punishing Crime.

Chapter 19: Seeking Justice: The Players and Their Roles.

Chapter 20: Finding the Truth: Pleading Guilty or Going to Trial.

Chapter 21: Punishing the Guilty: Why and How Society Does It.

Chapter 22: Examining the Juvenile Justice System.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 23: Ten Jobs to Consider in Criminal Justice.

Chapter 24: Ten Notorious, Unsolved Crimes.

Index.