Green criminology and green victimization

Authored by: Melissa L. Jarrell , Michael J. Lynch , Paul B. Stretesky

The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415781787
eBook ISBN: 9780203837146
Adobe ISBN: 9781136868504


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Green criminology studies crimes with tremendous consequences referred to as green crimes and green harms. Green crimes include a broad array of consequences that flow from human behaviors that damage the environment. Some of these green crimes are legally prohibited by environmental laws and regulations, and may be criminal, regulatory or civil in nature. Green crimes, however, also include injurious acts that the law has yet to recognize as harmful and are in need of regulation. Green criminologists play an active role in identifying green harms that produce injury and victimization that currently exist beyond the boundaries of the law. In identifying those green harms, green criminologists draw on research from a variety of fields such as public health, environmental justice, and natural sciences that have already established criteria useful for the identification of behaviors and actions that produce environmental damage.

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