Reading list for the Students of Criminology- Dept of Criminology Oslo University

Criminology is the study of how various acts are perceived and defined in society. The questions that arises are: What kinds of acts are defined as problems? What kind of problems are these acts defined as? Furthermore, Criminology is the study of the different measures that are taken towards these different kinds of acts. Criminology also discusses societal reactions towards these acts, both informal and formal ones. These forms of reactions include punishment and control, but also measures with an intent to rehabilitate. Some of these reactions may be seen basically as treatment, but even so contain elements of control. A third main field in Criminology deals with the theories that try to describe why people commit these acts that one see as undesirable. The challenge is to try to understand what we see as crime from these three perspectives: Which one are the acts that are perceived as crimes? Why does a society see just these particular acts as serious problems at a given time? How can we understand the forms of punishment and control-measures that a given society finds efficient, acceptable and decent to use? And how is it that some people, and some groups of people, seem more inclined than others to commit these kinds of acts? The study of Criminology is anchored in the Social Sciences, while maintaining strong ties to the Humanities [ Dept of Criminology Oslo University]

Appreciation of evidence in criminal cases-Instructions for trial judges

The object of hearing evidence is to enable the Court to Form its belief in the truth or otherwise of the alleged occurrence and of the guilt of the accused. This, it has to do by evaluating or correlating the various facts in the evidence on which the proof of guilt is made to rest The occurrence and the commission thereof by the accused are the two essential facts the truth whereof is to be discovered. The discovery of any fact can be had either by direct perception or by inference.

MCQs on Crime and Criminology-4Th Set

Criminology: Definition and Scope; Criminology and other Social Sciences; Criminology vs. Criminal Justice. Structure of Criminal Justice System in India; Role of Legislature and Law making; Coordination among Criminal Justice System. Participation of Victims and Witnesses in the Criminal Justice Process. Crime Prevention: Neighbourhood Involvement, Situational Crime Prevention, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), Electronic Monitoring.

Origin and growth Probation system in USA

The origin of probation can be traced to English criminal law of the Middle Ages. Harsh punishments were imposed on adults and children alike for offenses that were not always of a serious nature. Sentences such as branding, flogging, mutilation, and execution were common. During the time of King Henry VIII, for instance, no less than 200 crimes were punishable by death, many of which were minor offenses.

Legislative and Legal changes to the US federal bail system

This list cannot detail every event that has altered the manner in which bail has changed. Instead, the focus of this timeline provides evidence that governmental actors must maintain high levels of accountability and transparency through reliance on evidence-based practice. Additionally, this list is meant to emphasize the democratic tradition in which various, committed actors work diligently and continually to enhance the ideals of life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and due process that are central to democracy.

History of Pre-trial Services, Sentences Suspension, and Probation in USA

The Probation Act of 1925, signed by President Calvin Coolidge, provided for a probation system in the federal courts (except in the District of Columbia). It gave the courts the power to suspend the imposition or execution of sentence and place defendants on probation for such period and on such terms and conditions as they deemed best. The Act also authorized courts to appoint one or more persons to serve as probation officers without compensation and one salaried probation officer.

VOLTAIRE ON SUICIDE

This custom, with many others, is derived from our canon law, which denies Christian burial to those who are guilty of suicide, concluding thence, that it is not lawful to inherit on earth from one who hath himself no inheritance in heaven. The cannon law assures us, that Judas committed a greater crime in hanging himself, than in betraying Jesus Christ.

Promoting healthy brain development in utero reduces criminal behavior

There is a growing literature on biological explanations of antisocial and criminal behavior. This paper provides a selective review of three specific biological factors – psychophysiology (with the focus on blunted heart rate and skin conductance), brain mechanisms (with a focus on structural and functional aberrations of the prefrontal cortex, amygdala, and striatum), and genetics (with an emphasis on gene-environment and gene-gene interactions). Overall, understanding the role of biology in antisocial and criminal behavior may help increase the explanatory power of current research and theories, as well as inform policy and treatment options.

MCQs on Crime and Criminology-2nd Set

Criminology consists of three principal divisions, as follows; [a) the sociology of law, which is an attempt at scientific analysis of the conditions under which criminal laws develop and which is seldom included in general books on criminology; (b) criminal aetiology, which is an attempt at scientific analysis of the causes of crime; and
c) penology, which is concerned with the control of crime. The term “penology” is unsatisfactory because this division includes many methods of control which are not penal in character.

MCQs on Crime and Criminology-1st Set

Criminology is the body of knowledge regarding crime as a social phenomenon. It includes within its scope the proce.sses of making laws, of breaking laws, and of reacting toward the breaking of laws.  These processes are three aspects of a somewhat unified sequence of interactions. 

Criminal Behavior and Theorising Criminal Activities

Age and Criminal Behavior Abuse and Criminal Behavior Biochemical Theories of Criminal Behavior Body-Type Theories of Criminal Behavior Classical Criminology Containment Theory Corporate Behavior and Crimes Critical Criminology Cultural Criminology Differential Association Theory Differential Oppression Theory Education and Criminal Behavior…