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The Pocket A-Z of Criminal Justice

by Bryan Gibson


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A quickly absorbed jargon- busting introduction to the language of criminal justice and its unique and fascinating usages. The Pocket A-Z connects key terms, concepts, processes, laws, people and events. The 2,000 plus entries and cross-references give insight and perspective, making it invaluable to anyone involved in criminal justice work or study: Get up to speed with the language of criminal justice; Touchstones aid understanding and memory ; A handy reference guide for students, practitioners and anyone needing criminal justice insight; The Pocket A-Z of Criminal Justice draws together words and phrases commonly encountered by practitioners and researchers. It represents real value for its breadth and simplicity. It also includes extensive sections on Touchstones and Curiosities, 500 commonly encountered Acronyms and Abbreviations and a Timeline.


‘This title is a highly accessable text that is ideal for first year undergraduate students and also as a companion source of reference throughout studies of the procedural context of Criminal Justice processes. Gibson provides succinct definitions to the entries that enables quick access to key areas of debate, further, the highlighting of key words serves to direct students to further topic readings’: Paul Taylor, University of Chester

‘I really like the Pocket A-Z… It does not matter which page you open because everywhere there is some insight or connection to intrigue, amuse and enlighten’: Stephen Shaw, former Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

‘A real gem and quite unique. The layout and presentation is excellent and the book should have wide appeal’: Leonard Jason-Lloyd

‘A clear, concise reference guide to students and delivery staff’: John Rotherham, St Helens College

‘Concise, well-defined but also detailed. The best A-Z that I have seen’: Ann Kneebone, Truro and Penwith College

Sample Touchstones Entry

Touchstones and Curiosities sample entry: Heavy


Bryan Gibson is a barrister, former co-editor of Justice of the Peace and a regular contributor to specialist journals. He has also written for The Times, Guardian, Sunday Express, BBC TV and The Stage. He founded Waterside Press in 1989 where as editor-in-chief he has for 20 years been ‘putting justice into words’ with books about criminal justice and related matters.

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Weight460 g
Dimensions234 × 156 × 17 mm


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