Criminology ( Meaning and definition)


Criminology ( Meaning and definition)

What is Criminology? 

Criminology in its literal sense means, “a systematic study of the criminals”. Criminology is that science which talks about the study of crimes, their nature, the causes of crime and detection and prevention of such crimes.

As per Webster Dictionary- Criminology is, “The scientific study of crime as a social phenomenon, or of criminals and their mental traits, habits and discipline, etc”.

According to Elliot M.A.,Merill- “Criminology may be defined as the scientific study of crime and its treatment”.