Forensic Criminology

Edited by

  • Wayne Petherick, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
  • Brent Turvey, Forensic Solutions LLC, Sitka, AK, USA
  • Claire Ferguson, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Forensic Criminology: the scientific study of crime and criminals for the purposes of addressing investigative and legal issues. It is a science, a behavioral science, and a forensic science. This text is intended to educate students in an applied fashion regarding the nature and extent of forensic casework that is supported by, dependent upon, and interactive with research, theory, and knowledge derived from criminology. It is also intended to act as a preliminary guide for practitioners working with and within related criminal justice professions. Particularly those involved with assisting investigations, administrative inquiries, legal proceedings or providing expert findings or testimony under oath. It is offered as an applied scientific sub-discipline within the domain of general criminology, as well as a roadmap to the forensic realm for the uninitiated.

Written by the authors of the best-selling Criminal Profiling, now in its third edition, and the groundbreaking Forensic Victimology, Forensic Criminology provides a bridge between the broad constructs of theoretical criminology and the forensic examination of individual cases. It serves as a textbook for college and university coursework, as a manual for practitioners, and as career guide for students.
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Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in forensic criminology in both sociology and criminal justice departments. Practicing forensic professionals.


Book information

  • Published: August 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-375071-6

Table of Contents

Foreword by Daniel Kennedy, PhD
Preface by Brent E. Turvey, MS and Wayne Petherick, PhD

Part I – Forensic Criminology, the Forensic Criminologist, and the Law
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Forensic Criminology - Brent E. Turvey and Wayne A. Petherick
Chapter 2: Anatomy of the Courtroom: A Legal Perspective - Ben Ihle
Chapter 3: Cognitive Ethos of the Forensic Examiner - Brent E. Turvey and Wayne A. Petherick

Part II – Forensic Examinations
Chapter 4: Forensic Criminological Assessments - Wayne A. Petherick and Brent E. Turvey
Chapter 5: Criminal Profiling - Wayne A. Petherick and Claire E. Ferguson
Chapter 6: Forensic Victimology - Claire E. Ferguson, Wayne A. Petherick and Brent E. Turvey
Chapter 7: Premises Liability - Wayne A. Petherick and Brent E. Turvey
Chapter 8: Forensic Criminology in Correctional Settings - Brent E. Turvey and Angela N. Torres
Chapter 9: Miscarriages of Justice: Causes and Suggested Reforms - Craig M. Cooley

Part III – Working with Investigators and Forensic Specialists
Chapter 10: Law Enforcement Investigations: Essential Considerations - Stan Crowder
Chapter 11: The Criminal Investigator - Terry Goldsworthy
Chapter 12: Criminal Defense Investigations - Ronald J. Miller
Chapter 13: Forensic Scientists - Brent E. Turvey
Chapter 14: Understanding the Role of Forensic DNA: A Primer for Criminologists - Carole McCartney
Chapter 15: Forensic Mental Health Experts - Michael McGrath and Angela N. Torres

Part IV – Forensic Criminology in Practice
Chapter 16: Writing Forensic Reports - Wayne A. Petherick and Brent E. Turvey
Chapter 17: The Nature and Role of Expert Forensic Testimony - David Field
Chapter 18: Ethics for the Forensic Criminologist - Wayne A. Petherick and Claire E. Ferguson