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A comprehensive introduction to the study of crime and criminals Criminology, forensics, and detective work have found their way into the television programming of every major network, and crime books are bestseller-list perennials. This unique beginner's guide gives readers a better understanding of how law enforcement officials investigate crime and explore the dark recesses of the criminal mind. It takes them deep into the world of crime, exploring the reasons for crime and the consequences that follow, society's response to it, and how we can prevent it. This book serves as a course supplement to those pursuing a career in criminology as well as a you-are-there account for fans of police and detective shows and true crime books.
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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.
Steven Briggs is a career prosecutor and nationally recognized lecturer on law enforcement and criminal law topics. He has trained many organizations, including the National District Attorneys Association, the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Russian-American Rule of Law Consortium. He is also an adjunct professor of criminal justice.