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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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Alessandro 2014 "Reform or Revolution: Thoughts on Liberal and Radical Criminologies.
Uggen, Christopher and Michelle Inderbitzin 2010 "Public Criminologies.
Such a view ignores the diversity of possible criminologies and also the variability of the ways in which the same discourse can become linked to different practices.