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Criminal Psychology
Criminal psychology, also referred to as criminological psychology, is the study of the views, thoughts, intentions, actions and reactions of criminals In ordinary language, a crime is an unlawful act punishable by a State (polity), state or other authority. The term ''crime'' does not, in modern criminal law, have any simple and universally accepted definition,Farmer, Lindsay: "Crime, defin ... and all who participate in ''criminal behavior''.Richard N. Kocsis, Applied criminal psychology: a guide to forensic behavioral sciences', Charles C Thomas Publisher, 2009, pp.7 Criminal psychology is related to the field of criminal anthropology Anthropological criminology (sometimes referred to as criminal anthropology, literally a combination of the study of the human species and the study of crime, criminals) is a field of offender profiling, based on perceived links between the nature .... The study goes deeply into ''what makes someone commit a crime'', but also the reaction ...
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Crime
In ordinary language, a crime is an unlawful act punishable by a state State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State Magazine'', a monthly magazine published by the U.S. Department of State * The State (newspaper), ''The State'' (newspaper), a daily newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, Un ... or other authority. The term ''crime'' does not, in modern criminal law Criminal law is the body of law Law is a system A system is a group of Interaction, interacting or interrelated elements that act according to a set of rules to form a unified whole. A system, surrounded and influenced by its env ..., have any simple and universally accepted definition,Farmer, Lindsay: "Crime, definitions of", in Cane and Conoghan (editors), ''The New Oxford Companion to Law ''Oxford Companions'' is a book series A book series is a sequence of books having certain characteristics in common that are formally identified together as a group. Book seri ...
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Thomas Harris
William Thomas Harris III (born September 22, 1940) is an American writer, best known for a series of suspense novels about his most famous character, Hannibal Lecter Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a character created by novelist Thomas Harris. Lecter is a serial killer A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people,A serial killer is most commonly defined as a person who kills three or m .... The majority of his works have been adapted into films and television, the most notable being '' The Silence of the Lambs'', which became only the third film in Academy Awards The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry The film industry or motion picture industry comprises the technological and commercial institutions of filmmaking, i.e., ... history to sweep the Oscars in major categories.Conklin 1999 Biography Harris was born in Jackson, Tennessee Jackson is a city in and the ...
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Expert Witness
An expert witness, particularly in common law In law, common law (also known as judicial precedent or judge-made law, or case law) is the body of law created by judges and similar quasi-judicial tribunals by virtue of being stated in written opinions. ''Black's Law Dictionary'' is the most-us ... countries such as the United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain,Usage is mixed. The Guardian' and Telegraph' use Britain as a synonym for the United Kingdom. Some prefer to use Britain as shorth ..., Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a Sovereign state, sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australia (continent), Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous List of islands of Australia, sma ..., and the United States The United States of America (U.S.A. or USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America ...
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Trial Consulting
Trial consulting is the use of social scientists, particularly psychologist A psychologist is a professional who practices psychology and studies normal and abnormal mental states, perceptual, cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by experimenting with, and observing, interpreting, and recording how ...s and communication experts, and economists, to aid attorneys in the presentation of a criminal trial In law Law is a system A system is a group of Interaction, interacting or interrelated elements that act according to a set of rules to form a unified whole. A system, surrounded and influenced by its environment, is described by ... or civil lawsuit A lawsuit is a proceeding by a party or parties against another in the civil Civil may refer to: *Civic virtue, or civility *Civil action, or lawsuit *Civil affairs *Civil and political rights *Civil disobedience *Civil engineering *Civil .... Modern trial consultants help prepare witn ...
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Psychologist
A psychologist is a professional who practices psychology and studies normal and abnormal mental states, perceptual, cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by experimenting with, and observing, interpreting, and recording how individuals relate to one another and to their environments.U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook HandbookPsychologists/ref> Psychologists usually acquire a four-year bachelor's degree with honors in psychology, followed by a master's degree or doctorate in psychology. Unlike psychiatrists, psychologists usually cannot prescribe medication, although in some jurisdictions psychologists do have prescription privileges. Psychologists receive extensive training in psychological test administration, scoring, interpretation, and reporting, while psychiatrists are not trained in psychological testing. Psychologists can work with a range of institutions and people, such as schools, prisons, in a private clin ...
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Thesis
A thesis, or dissertation (abbreviated diss.), is a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree An academic degree is a qualification awarded to students upon successful completion of a course of study in higher education, usually at a college or university. These institutions commonly offer degrees at various levels, usually including Bach ... or professional qualification presenting the author's research and findings.International Standard ISO The International Organization for Standardization (ISO ) is an international standard An international standard is a technical standard A technical standard is an established norm (social), norm or requirement for a repeatable technical task w ... 7144: DocumentationāPresentation of theses and similar documents International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, 1986. In some contexts, the word "thesis" or a cognate is used for part of a bachelor's A bachelor's degree (from Middle Latin Medie ...
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Federal Bureau Of Investigation
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence Intelligence has been defined in many ways: the capacity for abstraction Abstraction in its main sense is a conceptual process where general rules and concept Concepts are defined as abstract ideas or general notions that occur in the mind, ... and security Security is freedom from, or resilience against, potential Potential generally refers to a currently unrealized ability. The term is used in a wide variety of fields, from physics Physics is the natural science that studies matter, its El ... service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), also known as the Justice Department, is a of the government tasked with the enforcement of federal and in the United States. It is equivalent to the or of other countries. The department ...
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Investigative Psychology
In applied psychology, investigative psychology attempts to describe the actions of offenders and develop an understanding of crime. This understanding can then help solve crimes and contribute to prosecution and defense procedures. It brings together issues in the retrieval of investigative information, the drawing of inferences about that information and the ways in which police decision making can be supported through various systems derived from scientific research. It should not be confused with Offender profiling, profiling which grew out of the experience of police officers offering opinions to their colleagues about the possible characteristics of unknown offenders. Overview Investigative Psychology grows directly out of empirical research and logical inference to cover the full range of investigative activities not only the preparation of 'profiles'. The inference processes at the heart of Investigative Psychology contrast with the approach used in the Federal Bureau of ...
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Violent Criminal Apprehension Program
The Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) is a unit of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation responsible for the analysis of serial violent and sexual crimes, based in the Critical Incident Response Group's (CIRG) National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC). ViCAP was created in 1985 by the FBI and based in Quantico, Virginia. Pierce Brooks was appointed as the first director, primarily because as a homicide detective in Los Angeles he had been the first to propose the idea. Brooks was inspired by the Harvey Glatman case he had worked on, in which he realized serial homicides could be linked by their signature aspects. Brooks would later obtain a $35,000 government grant to realize his idea. In 1982 he met with Robert Ressler to discuss the idea and was convinced by Ressler that ViCAP should be located at Quantico, as opposed to Lakewood where Brooks originally planned to have it housed. It is designed to track and correlate information on viole ...
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National Center For The Analysis Of Violent Crime
The National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) is a specialist FBI department. The NCAVC's role is to coordinate investigative and operational support functions, criminology, criminological research, and training in order to provide assistance to Federal government of the United States, federal, U.S. state, state, local, and foreign law enforcement agencies investigating unusual or repetitive violent crimes (serial crimes). The NCAVC also provides investigative support through expertise and consultation in non-violent matters such as national security, Political corruption, corruption, and white-collar crime investigations. President Reagan gave it the primary mission of 'identifying and tracking repeat killers,ā€™ a term he used for serial killers. Founding The NCAVC was conceived in 1981 by FBI agent and Offender profiling, offender profiler Robert Ressler, Robert K Ressler during a conversation with then Quantico director Jim McKenzie. Jim McKenzie ran with the ...
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Quantico, Virginia
Quantico (; formerly Potomac) is a town in Prince William County, Virginia, Prince William County, Virginia, United States. The population was 480 at the 2010 United States Census, 2010 census. Quantico is approximately 35 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., Washington, DC, bordered by the Potomac River to the east and the Quantico Creek to the north. The word Quantico is a derivation of the name of a Doeg tribe, Doeg village recorded by English colonists as ''Pamacocack''. Quantico is surrounded on its remaining two sides by one of the largest U.S. Marine Corps bases, Marine Corps Base Quantico. The base is the site of the HMX-1 presidential helicopter squadron, the FBI Academy, the FBI Laboratory, the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, the Officer Candidates School (United States Marine Corps), Officer Candidates School, The Basic School, The United States Drug Enforcement Administration training academy, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the United States Army Cr ...
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Behavioral Analysis Unit
The Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is a department of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) that uses behavioral analysts to assist in criminal investigations. The mission of the NCAVC and the BAU is to provide behavioral based investigative and/or operational support by applying case experience, research, and training to complex and time-sensitive crimes, typically involving acts or threats of violence. History and structure The Behavioral Analysis Unit originates from the Behavioral Science Unit, established in 1972 and now renamed Behavioral Analysis Unit 5, which is the unit devoted to research. The Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) was created in 1997 as part of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC), itself established in 1985. The IOSS (Investigations & Operations Support Section) is a branch of the FBI's overall CIRG FBI Critical Incident Response Group, Critical Incident Response Group. IOSS pr ...
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