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Crime and Criminal Behavior delves into such hotly debated topics as age of consent, euthanasia and assisted suicide, gambling, guns, internet pornography, marijuana and other drug laws, religious convictions, and terrorism and extremism. From using a faking I.D. to assaulting one’s domestic partner to driving drunk, a vast array of behaviors fit into the definition of criminal. The authors of these 20 chapters examine the historical contexts of each topic and offer arguments both for and against the ways in which legislators and courts have defined and responded to criminal behaviors, addressing the sometimes complex policy considerations involved. Sensitive subjects such as hate crimes are addressed, as are crimes carried out by large groups or states, including war crime and corporate crime. This volume also ...

Undocumented Immigrants
Undocumented immigrants

Undocumented immigrants, also referred to as illegal aliens, are defined as migrants who typically arrive in a country without the appropriate, legally required administrative documents. This term has also been used to describe individuals who may arrive legally on temporary, nonwork visas, but remain past the expiration of the permitted stay. Some states define an immigrant as someone who lives in their jurisdiction for a period of a year or more, while others claim that period of time is three years. The timeframe for visitors is a period of less than one year.

While perceptions in the United States have focused primarily on immigrants arriving to seek work or commit crimes, some populations flee their homelands as refugees. Historically, most populations did not ...

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