A first in the field and true classic, CRIME VICTIMS: AN INTRODUCTION TO VICTIMOLOGY offers the most comprehensive and balanced exploration of victimologya vital new and, at times, controversial branch of criminologyavailable today. The author examines the victims' plight, and is careful to place statistics from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report and Bureau of Justice Statistics National Crime Victimization Survey in context. The text systematically investigates how victims' currently are handled by the criminal justice system, analyzes the goals of the victims' rights movement, and discusses what the future is likely to hold. This seventh edition expands coverage of human trafficking, crimes on campus, identity theft, stalking, motor vehicle theft, and prisoners attacked behind bars. This student-friendly textbook will serve as a valuable home-library reference book for anyone interested in criminology and criminal justice.
In this update of the mid-1990s edition, Karmen (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) adds Internet sites on crime statistics, laws, and victim services. As in the iterations since the early 1980s, the author<-->a crime victim as well as victimologist<-->summarizes both sides of controversial criminal justice issues while defending use of the term "victimology." Chapters include trend graphs, discussion questions, and boxed key points (e.g. Supreme Court decisions directly affecting victims.) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)