Crimes are classified into various typologies that are used for different purposes, such as legislation and research, as well as specialized law enforcement and prosecutorial initiatives. Typologies of crime can suggest strategies for preventing and controlling crime and can contribute to understanding how and why crimes are committed and the effects of crime on individuals, families, and communities. Crime typologies guide studies of the causes of crime, people's membership in criminal organizations, the impact of programs and punishments on crime rates, and the ...

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