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Criminology for dummies

Author: Steven M Briggs; Joan Friedman
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, ©2009.
Series: --For dummies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Learn to: understand the sociological, environmental, and psychological causes of criminal behavior ; appreciate the techniques law enforcement officers use to investigate crimes ; consider the methods that have been developed to solve and punish crime ; measure crime and identify the important points of criminal theory."--Cover, p.1.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven M Briggs; Joan Friedman
ISBN: 9780470396964 0470396962
OCLC Number: 312636172
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvi, 368 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
About this book --
Conventions used in this book --
What you're not to read --
Foolish assumptions --
How this book is organized --
Icons used in this book --
Where to go from here --
pt. I. Defining and measuring crime --
1. Entering the world of crime --
Defining the terms : what crime is and how you measure it --
Recognizing the various costs of crime --
Considering categories of crime --
Figuring out what makes someone commit a crime --
Waging a war against crime --
Bringing criminals to justice --
2. What is crime? --
Understanding the two categories of criminal activity --
Identifying elements of a criminal law --
Linking criminal behavior to cultural mores --
3. How crime is measured and why it matters --
Gathering crime stats : how much crime is there? --
Putting crime stats to use --
Considering the costs of crime --
4. Helping those in the wake of crime : victims --
Looking at the historical treatment of victims --
Identifying the impact of crime on victims --
Pinpointing who is likely to be victimized --
Expanding victim services in the 21st century --
Observing the laws that protect victims' rights --
pt. II. Identifying types of crime --
5. Getting violent : crimes of force --
Identifying types of violent crimes --
Defining homicide --
Attacking or threatening someone : assault and battery --
Forcing sexual contact : rape, sodomy, and child molestation --
Taking property under the threat of violence : robbery --
Kidnapping --
Pinpointing causes of violence --
6. Hitting you in the pocketbook : property crimes --
Categorizing types of theft --
Defining property damage --
Looking at the causes of property crime --
7. Dressing sharp and stealing big : white-collar crimes --
Identifying types of white-collar crime --
The challenges of investigating white-collar crime --
Prosecuting and punishing white-collar crime. 8. A group effort : organized crime and gangs --
Grasping the basics of organized crime --
Obsessing over the Italian mafia --
Identifying other ethnic-based organized crime groups --
Looking at what organized crime groups do --
FIghting organized crime --
Getting an inside scoop on criminal gangs --
9. Tracking a worldwide problem : the narcotics trade --
The global workings of dealing drugs --
Treating drug users --
Preventing drug use --
10. Front-page news : terrorism --
Recognizing types of terrorist threats --
Facing international terrorist threats --
Dealing with domestic antigovernment groups --
Focusing on single-issue terrorists --
Fighting back against terrorism --
pt. III. Figuring out who commits crimes and why --
11. What factors lead to crime? --
Noting personal characteristics that many criminals share --
Looking at the impact of societal conditions on crime --
Studying the impact of atmospheric changes --
12. Regarding crime as a rational decision : rational choice theory --
Taking a quick tour through classical theory --
Calculating the benefits and drawbacks of crime --
Creating rational deterrents to crime --
Examining the limits of rational choice theory --
13. Looking at society's role in crime --
Introducing social disorganization theory --
Studying strain theory --
Considering social learning theories --
Delving into social control theories --
14. Can your mind or body make you a criminal? --
Biological positivism : trying to link appearance to crime --
Wrestling with the influence of genetics --
Blaming the brain --
Struggling with mental illness --
Dealing with a personality disorder --
15. Critical theory : theories off the beaten path --
Labeling someone a criminal --
Exploring feminist theory --
Examining leftist realism : a response to law and order --
Making peace --
Seeking healing through restorative justice --
pt. IV. Fighting crime --
16. Battling crime at the local level --
Keeping the streets clean : the players at the local level --
Thinking about theories of policing. 17. Tackling crime at the federal level --
Sorting through the alphabet soup of federal agencies --
Coordinating federal and local efforts --
18. Solving crimes : the process --
Responding to a crime scene --
Using special crime-fighting tools and techniques --
pt. V. Prosecuting and punishing crime --
19. Seeking justice : the players and their roles --
Prosecutors : guardians of safety --
Defense attorneys : guardians of liberty --
Trail judges : overseeing the justice process --
Appellate judges : setting legal precedents --
20. Finding the truth : pleading guilty or going to trial --
Keeping it local : municipal courts --
Movin' on up : state court systems --
Affecting the whole nation : the federal court system --
Negotiating a plea agreement --
Suppressing evidence (or not) : the pretrial hearing --
Facing a jury (or a judge) : the process --
21. Punishing the guilty : why and how society does it --
Understanding theories of punishment and incarceration --
Placing defendants in custody --
Facing challenges in the prison system --
Placing defendants on probation --
Debating the death penalty --
22. Examining the juvenile justice system --
Taking a look back : the historical treatment of juveniles --
Why juveniles are treated differently --
Walking through the juvenile justice process --
pt. VI. The part of tens --
23. Ten jobs to consider in criminal justice --
Police officer --
Corrections officer --
Forensic scientist --
Computer forensic specialist --
Crime and intelligence analysts --
Probation officer --
Juvenile counselor --
Crime victim advocate --
Legal or law enforcement secretary --
Court reporter --
24. Ten notorious, unsolved crimes --
The JonBenet Ramsey murder --
The Sam Sheppard case --
The Zodiac killer --
The murder of Robert Blake's wife --
The murder of Seattle prosecutor Tom Wales --
The D.B. Cooper hijacking --
The Black Dahlia murder --
The Jack the Ripper killings --
The disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa --
The murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. --
Series Title: --For dummies.
Responsibility: by Steven Briggs with Joan Friedman.


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