Criminology, Canadian edition by Freda Adler, Jana Marie Grekul, William S. Laufer, Gerhard

By Freda Adler, Jana Marie Grekul, William S. Laufer, Gerhard O. W. Mueller

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May use the number of convicts serv- the limitations of the information sources Says the first man, “An elephant is ob- ing prison sentences. ” position to assess the full nature and in Canada. We then explore measure- “You’re both wrong,” says the third. ” All kinds of data he or she uses. and criminals. 21 30 Adler−Mueller−Laufer−Grekul: Criminology, Canadian Edition I. Understanding Criminology 2. Counting Crime and Measuring Criminal Behaviour © The McGraw−Hill Companies, 2009 22 PART I Understanding Criminology THE LEGAL INGREDIENTS OF A CRIME For a particular act to qualify as a crime, several elements must occur.

Law enforcement authority varies with the nature and size of the crime problems police must combat, and with changes in the definition, perception, and understanding of crime. A glance at the recent history of criminal procedure shows as much. Most legal restrictions on policing date from the criminal procedure The Yale Law Journal Company and William S. ) Questions for Discussion Sutherland’s broad definition of criminology (see p. 9) includes a critical examination of the criminal justice response to crimes.

Ca/olc/adler 5. How do societies deal with lawbreakers? Today criminologists analyze the methods and procedures society uses in reacting to crime (p. 12); they evaluate the success or failure of such methods, and on the basis of their research, they propose more effective ways of controlling crime. Criminologists have discovered that the various agencies society has created to deal with law-breaking constitute a system that, like any other system, can be made more efficient. Research on the criminal justice system (p.

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