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Series: Key Issues in Crime and Punishment
Each volume contains good chapters on key subtopics. Gives subtopic introduction, overview, and pro and con discussion. Very readable language.
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Essential Criminology by
Call Number: Online
Publication Date: 2014
Definitions of crime; ways crime is measured; theories and effects of criminal behavior
World Encyclopedia of Police Forces and Correctional Systems by
Publication Date: 2006
Essay plus country profiles on law enforcement systems. Essays give broad view. County profiles focus on individual countries. Includes history, organization, administrative structure, chains of command, modes of operation, technology and firearms of each profiled area.
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice
Call Number: REF DESK 364.03 E56 v.1-4
Short essays on broad topics of law enforcement (ex. probable cause, search and seizure, privacy, police organization and management, etc.) as well as crimes and legal terms.
World of Criminal Justice
Call Number: REF DESK 364.03 W927 v.1-2
Theories, concepts and people related to the field of criminal justice.
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Overview of the Criminal Justice System
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Steps in the justice system, from arrest to pre-trial to adjudication to sentencing to corrections.
Concise, easy-to-read definitions