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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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Because certain prominent British criminologists were not among the most-cited scholars in the British Journal of Criminology in 1986 90, and because authors on female crime, white-collar crime, organized crime and family violence were largely absent, Mike Levi suggests that our methodology if 'bizarre'.
Alfred Blumstein, a respected criminologist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, suggested that an 11 percent drop in the number of homicides would work out to a rate of about 7.
University of Cincinnati criminologist Frank Cullen: ``The decision for athletes charged with crimes to play should not be in the hands of coaches or athletic directors.
In fact, Alfred Blumstein, a criminologist at Carnegie-Mellon University, noted that the report included an ominous hint of the projected increase in crime that may accompany the rising teen-age population.
which would allow Filipino criminologists to practice abroad and the integration of the criminology profession into one national professional organization through the Accredited Integrated Professional Organization (AIPO) which will be accredited by the PRC and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Another difference is political affiliation; though academic economists and criminologists are both predominantly Democrats, Democratic economists outnumber their Republican counterparts by almost three to one, while in sociology (of which criminology is a subfield) there are about 37 Democratic faculty members for every Republican.
Similar to practitioners in other disciplines interested in affecting social change (see Nickel 2010), some criminologists believe that the answer to the questions above lies in "public criminology" (1) (see, for example, Chancer and McLaughlin 2007; Clear 2010; Loader and Sparks 2011a,b).
Scandinavian detectives and a leading criminologist from the USA will be among the speakers at the event which is entitled Investigating Child Homicide: An International Symposium.
Most reformers and many criminologists have largely worked on the important task of documenting the devastating impact of mass incarceration and the continuing role of racial bias.
The criminologists, who based their research on psychological profiles of 16 nurses turned serial killers over the last 32 years, have also sent their research to another police force in England, which is investigating a number of deaths at a hospital.
NEWCASTLE'S night time levy is based on a lack of sound evidence, criminologists from Cambridge University have claimed.
Nationwide, the crime rate has been dropping precipitously for reasons that criminologists are still struggling to identify.