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Dictionary of Policing - Tim Newburn and Peter Neyroud
Consists of entries, including summary definition, main text and key texts and sources, contributed by leading academic and practitioners in policing.

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Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment - Yvonne Jewkes and Jamie Bennett
The essential source of reference for the increasing number of people studying in, working in prisons and working with prisoners.

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Dictionary of Probation and Offender Management - Rob Canton and David Hancock
Contemporary probation practice is developing rapidly and is become increasingly professionalized. Probation officers are typically described now as offender managers, and the creation of NOMS (National Offender Management Service) has broadened the remit of the Probation Service. As well as bringing an increased emphasis on skills and qualifications it has also introduced a new set of ideas and concepts into the established probation lexicon - including institutional, legal, political and theoretical terms of its own as well as importing concepts from the disciplines of sociology, criminology and psychology.

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  • Aggression: Topic Page
    A form of behavior characterized by physical or verbal attack. It may appear either appropriate and self-protective. MORE
  • Blue laws: Topic Page
    A number of repressive puritanical laws of the colonial period, forbidding any secular activity on Sundays. MORE
  • Civil rights: Topic Page
    the personal rights of any citizen of a country to freedom and equality, regardless of race, religion, sex or sexuality. MORE
  • Corn laws: Topic Page
    The laws introduced in Britain in 1804 to protect domestic farmers against foreign competition by the imposition of a heavy duty on foreign corn: repealed in 1846. MORE
  • Eminent domain: Topic Page
    The right of a state to confiscate private property for public use, payment usually being made to the owners in compensation. MORE
  • Gang: Topic Page
    Group of people organized for a common purpose, often criminal. MORE
  • Gun control: Topic Page
    Attempts to legislate the right to own and bear arms. MORE
  • Hostage: Topic Page
    Person held by another as a guarantee that certain actions or promises will or will not be carried out. During periods of internal turmoil, insurgents often seize hostages. MORE
  • Human rights: Topic Page
    Rights (as freedom from unlawful imprisonment, torture, and execution) regarded as belonging fundamentally to all persons. MORE
  • Law: Topic Page
    Rules of conduct of any organized society, however simple or small, that are enforced by threat of punishment if they are violated. MORE
  • Liability: Topic Page
    In law, an obligation of one party to another, usually to compensate financially. It is a fundamental aspect of tort law, although liability may also arise from duties entered into by special agreement. MORE
  • Mafia: Topic Page
    Secret society reputed to control organized crime such as gambling, loansharking, drug traffic, prostitution, and protection; connected with the Camorra of Naples. MORE
  • Organized crime: Topic Page
    Criminal activities organized and coordinated on a national scale, often with international connections. MORE
  • Secret police: Topic Page
    A police organization operating for the most part in secrecy and especially for the political purposes of its government often with terroristic methods. MORE
  • Violence: Topic Page
    What is violence? Violence is an aggressive form of behaviour. It is an intentional act against another person. MORE

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