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  • Steven Briggs Nationally recognized criminal justice expert

    Learn to: • Understand the sociological,

    environmental, and psychological causes of criminal behavior

    • Appreciate the techniques law enforcement officers use to investigate crimes

    • Consider the methods that have been developed to solve and punish crime

    • Measure crime and identify the important points of criminal theory

    Criminology Making Everything

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    Open the book and find:

    • Common criminal traits

    • The causes of violent crimes

    • Recent efforts to secure victims’ rights

    • The processes used to solve crimes

    • A step-by-step walkthrough of the criminal justice process

    • Ways to recognize and fight back against crime

    • Jobs in the criminal justice field

    • Ten notorious, unsolved crimes

    Steven Briggs is a career prosecutor and nationally recognized lecturer

    on law enforcement and criminal law topics. He has trained many

    organizations, including the National District Attorneys Association, the

    National White Collar Crime Center, and the Russian-American Rule of Law

    Consortium. He is also an adjunct professor of criminal justice.

    Social Science/Criminology

    $19.99 US / $23.99 CN / £15.99 UK

    ISBN 978-0-470-39696-4

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    Your thorough guide to comprehending and combating crime Are you fascinated by criminology, forensics, and detective work? This you-are-there guide takes you deep into the world of crime, giving you a better understanding of the dark recesses of the criminal mind and how law enforcement officials investigate crime. You’ll gain real-world knowledge of the reasons for and consequences of crime, the way society responds to it, and, most important, how crime can be prevented.

    • Enter the world of crime — understand what crime is, how it is measured, and the various ways crime affects victims and society

    • Identify different types of crime — from white-collar crime to organized crime to terrorism, examine the nature of crime and why certain criminals are attracted to specific crimes

    • Know who commits crimes, and why — explore different theories that attempt to explain why people commit crimes

    • Take it to the streets — follow law enforcement officials and federal agencies as they chase and apprehend the bad guys

    • Seek justice — meet the key players in the criminal justice system and see why and how the guilty are punished

    • Deal with juveniles — know the differences between adult and juvenile systems, realize why youths are treated differently, and review modern methods for treatment

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  • by Steven Briggs with Joan Friedman

    Criminology FOR

    DUMmIES ‰

  • Criminology For Dummies®

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  • About the Author steven briggs has spent most of his legal career as a criminal prosecutor, working at the local, state, and federal levels. He has handled cases from petty theft to organized crime and capital murder. Several of his cases have been broadcast on national TV and have become the subjects of true crime books. Mr. Briggs also oversaw his state’s criminal division, where he man- aged the organized crime, financial crime, and criminal intelligence units, as well as the state anti-terrorism and crime victim’s programs. In addition, Mr. Briggs managed his state’s district attorney assistance prosecution unit and special agents unit, which targeted complex crime, including Internet preda- tors, social security fraud, and narcotics traffickers. An accomplished trainer, Mr. Briggs has regularly instructed state, national, and international audiences on a variety of criminal justice topics. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Oregon School of Law, Mr. Briggs was a college football coach before pursuing his legal career.

    Dedication For Marla and Elena.

    Author’s Acknowledgments I would like to give a big thanks to my agent, Barbara Doyen, as well as Development Editor Joan Friedman for their excellent work and guidance in preparing this book. Technical Editor Ken Rueben was, as always, a great resource and friend. Internationally recognized juvenile justice expert David Koch was very gracious with his time, as was Cynthia Stinson, the most knowledgeable person I know on the topic of crime victim services. Copy Editor Amanda Gillum and Project Editor Natalie Faye Harris worked very hard on improving this book’s readability. I must also acknowledge the lingering influence of Blinker Black and all his fraters. Finally, I would like to thank the men and women of the criminal division, who were not only the source of many great examples in this book, but whose sacrifice of personal interest in the pursuit of justice has been a constant inspiration to me.

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