Encyclopedia of crime and punishment /

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Bibliographic Details
Imprint:Thousand Oaks, Ca. : Sage Publications, c2002.
Description:4 v. (xxxv, 1876, 38 p.) : ill. ; 29 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Criminology -- Encyclopedias.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Encyclopedias.
Criminology.
Criminal justice, Administration of.
Encyclopedias.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/4604211
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Varying Form of Title:Crime and punishment
Other authors / contributors:Levinson, David, 1947-
ISBN:076192258X (set)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The year 2002 has already produced a glut of reference works on criminal justice including World of Criminal Justice, ed. by Shirelle Phelps (2v., 2002), and Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice, ed. by Joshua Dressler (2nd ed., 4v., CH, Jun'02). Respected editor Levinson's entry into this crowded field is ambitious and attractively presented, ostensibly intended for a professional audience, but perhaps of more use to general readers and high school students. This comprehensive survey contains 439 signed articles based on the most current information; they are contributed by university professors, police, and corrections professionals. Entries covering the gamut of crime, forensics, law and justice, concepts/theories, victimology, and allied themes are liberally illustrated with statistical graphs, photos, factoids, and other information offered in sidebars. Though primarily focused on the US, other countries are discussed. Appendixes include information on careers in criminal justice, Web resources, and a selected bibliography. Cross-references abound, and the general index is adequate. An excellent starting point for high school students and undergraduates, but academic libraries with strong criminal justice programs should consider Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice. D. K. Frasier Indiana University-Bloomington

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