Criminology refers to an interdisciplinary profession built around the scientific study of crime and criminal behavior, including their form, causes, legal aspects and control.
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Criminology refers to the body of knowledge regarding crime as a social phenomenon. Criminology includes within its scope the process of making laws, of breaking laws, and of reacting toward the breaking of laws. Criminology, therefore is an empirical, social-behavioral science that investigates crime, criminals, and criminal justice.