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'This Course Companion in Criminal Justice by Ursula Smartt is to be applauded. It is an essential handbook for all students and practitioners who are studying the criminal justice system. The user-friendly framework provides students with practical support in how they can organise their approach to studying to maximise their knowledge and revision skills. I have no hesitation in commending this Companion as a valuable complementary text' - Professor Allyson MacVean, John Grieve Centre for Policing & Community Safety, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College"Congratulations to Ursula Smartt and Sage on a most welcome 'skills' text for Criminal Justice students... The book is concise, clear, well-organised and accessible - highly recommended." Stephen Parrott, Birkbeck, University of LondonCriminal Justice by Ursula Smartt is part of an exciting new ...

Understanding Crime and Criminal Law
Understanding crime and criminal law

This section is divided into two areas: Criminology and criminal law. Both are very important to your study. The first part introduces you to sociological and criminological theories that deal with distinctions between crime and deviance. You will be introduced to theories that consider why a person may become deviant and a criminal youth, and how the environment (i.e. family or school) has a major influence on the causes of crime and criminal behaviour. Do not be put off by some of the jargon and ‘criminological’ speak! This section explains specific criminological terms and theories in, hopefully, a user-friendly way. If you would like to learn more about criminological theory, please refer to the Sage Course Companion ...

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