Contemporary crime is a complex topic covering everything from hate crime, industrial espionage, and murder to drug trafficking, international terrorism, and domestic violence. A crime is any action that has been deemed illegal and is punishable by law. Specific laws have been put in place by towns and cities, states, and countries to dissuade people from committing criminal acts. Although crime is easily recognizable, the finer points of law can be more complicated to understand. The law varies among municipalities and states; so it is important to understand the nuts and bolts of the system. Law enforcement and non-line employees, such as forensic scientists, judges, and lawyers, work every day to follow procedure and ensure that the right perpetrators are brought to justice. Each title in this series contains a foreword from the Chairman of the National Law Enforcement Association, color photos throughout, charts, and back matter including: an index, chronology, and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Text-Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader's comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are provided at the end of each chapter as well and provide readers with suggestions for projects that encourage deeper research and analysis. And a Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter containing terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader's knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field."
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