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Criminology

The scientific study of the nature and causes of crime, the behavior of criminals, and the criminal-justice system.

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environmental scanning

Sociology; Criminology

A systematic effort to identify in an elemental way future developments (trends or events) that could plausibly occur over the time horizon of interest, and that might impact one’s area of concern.

uniform crime reports (UCR)

Sociology; Criminology

A summation of crime statistics tallied annually by the federal bureau of investigation (fbi) and consisting primarily of data on crimes reported to the police and of arrests.

meta-analysis

Sociology; Criminology

A study of other studies about a particular topic of interest.

McNaughten rule

Sociology; Criminology

A standard for judging legal insanity which requires that either an offender did not know what he or she were doing, or that, if he or she did, that he or she did not know it was wrong.

substantial capacity test

Sociology; Criminology

A standard for judging legal insanity which requires that a person lack "the mental capacity needed to understand the wrongfulness of his act, or to conform his behavior to the requirements of the ...

irresistible impulse test

Sociology; Criminology

A standard for judging legal insanity which holds that a defendant is not guilty of a criminal offense if the person, by virtue of their mental state or psychological condition, was not able to ...

Durham rule

Sociology; Criminology

A standard for judging legal insanity which holds that "an accused is not criminally responsible if his unlawful act was the product of mental disease or mental defect. "

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