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Criminal Lessons


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Table of Contents

1. First Lessons 2. Crimes of Desperation 3. Crimes of Greed, Exploitation, and Opportunism 4. Crimes of Rage 5. Crimes of Revenge and Retribution 6. Crimes of Frolic 7. Crimes of Addiction 8. Crimes of Mental Illness 9. Final Lessons Crime Prevention Responding to Crime Notes References Index

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One of social work's most distinguished theoreticians speculates about the factors that leads to crime and considers what we can do to prevent and respond to it meaningfully. The book is based on more than thirteen thousand cases in which Frederic G. Reamer has been involved as a parole board member. Reamer uses actual case studies to illustrate these patterns of "criminal circumstances."

About the Author

Frederic G. Reamer is professor of social work at Rhode Island College. The author or editor of twelve books, he received the Council of Social Work Education's award for recent distinguished contributions in social work.


This is the first book to include an original criminal typology that systematically integrates circumstances, situations, and central life themes that lead to certain types of crimes. This absolute gem of a book provides a vast wealth of insights on seven primary categories of crimes including etiological and motivational factors, environmental and situational influences, and the full range of treatment alternatives. This is the best book I have read in a long time bridging qualitative research on thousands of offenders and ex-offenders with practical implications. It is a 'must read' for every criminal justice and forensic social work professional.

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