Crime is a major social problem in the United States affecting the quality of life and daily interactions of its citizens. The importance of crime is evidenced, in part, by the rise of academic criminal justice and criminology degree programs throughout American institutions of higher education since the 1970s. Whereas criminal justice is primarily concerned with addressing and responding to crime across the three major prongs of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, the courts, and corrections), the discipline of criminology is the ...

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