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Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice, 2nd Edition

  • Editor: Joshua Dressler
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  • ISBN-10: 0028658981
  • ISBN-13: 9780028658988
  • DDC: 364.03
  • Grade Level Range: 11th Grade - College Senior
  • 1780 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2002 | Published/Released December 2003
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2002

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A complete revision of the 1982 edition, the Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice is a unique interdisciplinary source, dealing with not only law but also sociology, psychology, history and economics. With entries ranging widely from abortion to rape and from family violence to wiretapping, the Encyclopedia offers a true mirror of issues dominating today's headlines.

Features and Benefits

  • Written by experts, but accessible to general readers and students.
  • More than 250 signed essays.
  • Although emphasis is U.S./North American, perspectives from other nations are provided through comparative law entries and by non-U.S. authors.


  • CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2012



  • Joshua Dressler

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 002865319X | ISBN-13: 9780028653198


"This new edition of the Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice is a more than worthy successor to the original and is recommended for public, law school, and college and university libraries." -- Catholic Library World (June -- August 2002)

— Voice of Youth Advocates

"Information is detailed yet easy to comprehend; scholars and general readers will find the essays pertinent and understandable. Bibliographies cover "classical and contemporary sources," and topical essays guide readers to further information. Reader aids include a general and two legal indexes, a glossary, and an extensive guide to legal citations. ...An excellent addition for all collections." -- Choice (June 2002)

— Choice

"...The authors strive to maintain objectivity but put forth their own theories and views when appropriate. Each essay is thoughtfully written, thoroughly researched, and at least several pages long. Most include statistics and the results of completed studies...Overall, this excellent source is most appropriate for in-depth research in academic and larger public libraries." -- VOYA (August 2002)


"The second edition of this encyclopedia was worth the wait of nearly 20 years. Often, the publication of a new edition of a subject encyclopedia merely means the addition of a paragraph or two to the end of existing essays and perhaps a few original essays to address new concepts. This second edition reads like a new work. Nearly all the essays have been completely rewritten by different contributors; some old topics were discarded or reclassified; and new essays addressing topics like hate crimes, human immunodeficiency virus, popular culture, and stalking have been added...Recommended for high school, college and university, and public libraries, this set will be in high demand by issues researches as well as be researchers in the fields of law and criminal justice." -- Booklist (April 2002)

— Booklist

"...With its broad coverage, this new edition is a major addition to the body of available reference works discussing criminal law...Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice is user friendly and well suited for the individual without an extensive knowledge of crime and justice. Furthermore, each article is written in language accessible to those unfamiliar with criminal law, yet detailed enough to give readers of all levels an adequate understanding of the topic. Those individuals more familiar with aspects of criminal law will find this work to be rather broad in its coverage, but still worthwhile as many prominent legal scholars and sociologists from the United States and abroad have contributed articles. The second edition of the Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice will certainly take the place of the widely known first edition on many library shelves and will be used for years to come. As a consequence of the work's comprehensive nature, it is suitable for use within academic law libraries, large university research collections, and public libraries. Law students, undergraduate students, and members of the general public will find this work an excellent starting point for research in criminal law and behavior." -- Law Libraries Review (Spring 2002)

— Booklist

"...professor Dressler and an impressive set of contributors have updated the 1982 Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, creating a new edition indispensable to academic and law libraries...Significantly, the book now includes essays from academics on crime in countries other than the United States. Thorough, accessibly written, and averaging 1000 words, the essays are not written for lawyers but are geared to law enforcement professionals and academic readers...this set is recommended for all academic and law libraries." -- Library Journa. (March 2002)

— Library Journal