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The branch of science concerned with the physical and mental characteristics and behavior of criminals.
[L. crimen, crime, + G. logos, study]
(1) The study of criminal behavior (forensic psychiatry)
(2) The study of the nature, causes, and means of handling criminal acts, viewed from the perspective of the police


the study of crime, the people who commit crimes, and penal codes used to deter crime and punish criminals.
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Again, I invite all criminologists, including my younger colleagues who are less familiar with this criminological classic, to consult Richard's book and, as I have, to draw important lessons from its pages.
Second, the authors' explanation for criminological silence on war crimes oscillates between a discussion of criminology generally and American criminology particularly.
He teaches criminological theory, white-collar crime, and life-course theory.
When criminological theories were applied to the Bureau's data in 1960, they would have indicated a reduction in crime as social and economic conditions improved, but the crime rate data actually showed increases in crime according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports.
First, the volume is stronger on discussing criminological theories than providing an overview of crime and research results.
Providing this information makes some criminological sense because at the end of the day I have never encountered any serial killer who is simply the 'embodiment of evil'.
Criminological research conducted in Israel in the last three decades pointed clearly at the existence of correlation between crime and ethnic origin as related also to immigration.
In the first section (seven chapters) the authors explore advancements in radical/critical criminological theory.
The first chapter is entitled "The Theology of Crime" where the author discusses the relation between religion and crime and suggests that there needs to be a criminological determination as to what is not correct in religion.
There is also new criminological data on the risks of men abusing boys, according to the authors, Colin Hart and Simon Calvert.
This is Volume 7 of a series entitled `Advances in Criminological Theory'.