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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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Kirchheimer, who was both legally and criminologically trained, (12) widened Rusche's analysis to encompass the Nazi and fascist period, reworked the whole original manuscript and translated it, with the help of M.
How criminologically relevant is it if employees, say, steal pens and stationary from the corporation employing them while that corporation is causing horrendous damage to people and the environment?
2] Yet state agencies in the old-fashioned sense share a criminologically crucial characteristic in that they claim an entitlement to do things that, were anyone else to do them, would constitute violence and extortion -- Weber' s "monopoly of the legitimate use of force.