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Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate List

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Criminology books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

Criminology (Justice Series) (3rd Edition) (2015)

 Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListFor courses in Criminology This text is part of the Justice Series   provides an affordable, thought-provoking look at criminology that uses clear writing and eye-catching visuals to get your students straight to the important concepts. By focusing on these core concepts, students will gain true understanding of the material, without becoming overwhelmed with unnecessary information.
Author(s): Frank Schmalleger

Introduction to Criminology: Why Do They Do It? (2017)

 Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListIntroduction to Criminology, Why Do They Do It?, Second Edition, by Pamela J. Schram Stephen G. Tibbetts, offers a contemporary and integrated discussion of the key theories that help us understand crime in the 21st century. With a focus on why offenders commit crimes, this bestseller skillfully engages students with real-world cases and examples to help students explore the fundamentals of criminology.
Author(s): Pamela J. Schram, Stephen G. Tibbetts

Criminology: The Core (2014)

 Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListConcise, current, and affordable, best-selling CRIMINOLOGY: THE CORE, Fifth Edition delivers cutting-edge coverage in a succinct, reader-friendly paperback. Author Larry Siegel guides users through the fast-paced field of criminology, its most current research, and fascinating examples that help readers truly understand criminological theory. The book effectively uses real-world material to clarify criminology’s concepts and theories.
Author(s): Larry J. Siegel

Criminology: Theory, Research, and Policy (2015)

 Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListCrime is an important social issue and how policymakers deal with crime (via crime policy) can have enormous social and financial implications. The fourth edition of best-selling Criminology: Theory, Research, and Policy discusses criminal behavior and explores the factors that contribute to crime as well as the social reactions to crime.
Author(s): Gennaro F. Vito, Jeffrey R. Maahs

The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice (2016)

 Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListThe Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sixth Edition continues to demonstrate the vital role research plays by integrating in-depth, real-world case studies with a comprehensive discussion of research methods. By pairing research techniques with practical examples from the field, Ronet D. Bachman and Russell K. Schutt equip students to evaluate and conduct research.
Author(s): Ronet D. Bachman, Russell K. Schutt

Introduction to Criminology: A Text/Reader (SAGE Text/Reader Series in Criminology and Criminal Justice) (2018)

 Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListIntroduction to Criminology: A Text/Reader, Fourth Edition offers you a unique, comprehensive, interdisciplinary introduction to the study of criminology. Anthony Walsh and Craig Hemmens provide the best of both worlds―a brief, authored text with carefully selected and edited accompanying readings.
Author(s): Anthony Walsh, Craig T. Hemmens

Criminology (Justice Series) (5th Edition) (2019)

 Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListFor courses in criminology. engages students in a study of criminology using interactive components and eye-catching visuals. The text weaves together theory and current events to offer a practical introduction that’s both relevant and interesting. Cases in every chapter along with a wealth of critical-thinking features provoke discussion and offer ample opportunities to apply new knowledge.
Author(s): Frank Schmalleger

Criminology: A Complete Introduction (Teach Yourself) (2010)

 Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListWritten by Peter Joyce, who is a current criminology lecturer and a leading researcher, Criminology – A complete introduction is designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place.
Author(s): Peter Joyce

Introduction to Criminology: Theories, Methods, and Criminal Behavior (2019)

 Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListIntroduction to Criminology, Tenth Edition, is a comprehensive introduction to the study of criminology, focusing on the vital core areas of the field―theory, method, and criminal behavior. With more attention to crime typologies than most introductory texts, authors Frank E. Hagan and Leah Elizabeth Daigle investigate all forms of criminal activity, such as organized crime, white collar crime, political crime, and environmental crime.
Author(s): Frank E. Hagan, Leah E. Daigle

Criminology For Dummies (2009)

 Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListYour 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.
Author(s): Steven Briggs

Criminology Today: An Integrative Introduction (9th Edition) (What’s New in Criminal Justice) (2018)

 Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListFor courses in criminology. With a hallmark theme of social problems versus individual responsibility, prompts students to think critically about the causes of crime and the link between crime theories and policies. Real-life stories and up-to-date issues and examples bring to life both historical and modern criminological approaches.
Author(s): Frank Schmalleger

Criminology: Explaining Crime and Its Context (2019)

 Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListHow do societies define crime, and how should it be punished or prevented? Which is a more criminal act, causing a death by dumping toxic material or by shooting a victim with a gun? Are criminals born or made? Criminology: Explaining Crime and Its Context, Tenth Edition, offers a broad perspective on criminological theory.
Author(s): Stephen E. Brown, Finn-Aage Esbensen, et al.

Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate List

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Japan's Prosecution Review Commission: On the Democratic Oversight of Decisions Not To Charge

Author(s): David T. Johnson
ID: 3602509, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2023, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

Law and Evidence: A Primer for Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Legal Studies

Author(s): Charles P. Nemeth
ID: 3603817, Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2023, Size: 78 Mb, Format: pdf

Worldwide Views on Police Discretion: A Scoping Review Regarding Police Decision-Making

Author(s): Yinthe Feys
ID: 3609949, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2023, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly chart-busters according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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