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Criminology For Dummies

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Criminology For Dummies, 9780470396964 (0470396962), For Dummies, 2009

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

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