Review by Choice Review
The first section of this dictionary provides brief annotations for 2,560 entries covering criminal justice and related topics, from ABSCAM to zero tolerance policies, including selected acronyms, associations, journals, government agencies, and important researchers and scholars in criminal justice. In light of September 11, it is interesting to note that the book has entries for such terms as "al Qaeda," "Anti-Terrorism Bill," "Office of Homeland Security," "Osama bin Laden," and "Taliban." Some selections are quirkier; e.g., the book has entries for 16 current scholars--some are fairly well known, but others seem only to be acquaintances of the authors. Some regional legal reporters are included but not all. The second section, criminological terms, contains only 380 terms, ranging from "addiction" to "zone maps," and names of significant personalities. Since students often do not differentiate between criminal justice and criminology, the book would have been easier to use had entries been merged into a single alphabet. It also needs a preface explaining its scope. Libraries with limited budgets may prefer the more comprehensive The American Dictionary of Criminal Justice: Key Terms and Major Court Cases, by Dean J. Champion (2nd ed., CH, May'02). Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. J. J. Harrison Michigan State University
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