Key definitions - Criminological

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  • Created on: 14-10-11 11:39

Key Definitions In Criminological Psychology

  • Crime: An act which is against the law and has a punishment and/or treatment to prevent it reoccurring. 
  • Recidivism: When a crime which should have been extinguished is repeated. The individual is returning to behaviour that they have been treated and/or punished for. Rates of recidivism exist but only those who are caught or whom admit to their repeated criminality will be counted. This therefore means recidivism rates are most likely to be lower than reality. 
  • Anti-social behaviour: When an action is performed which isn't against the law but is one that disappoints citizens. It is behaviour that affects people in a negative way and in


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