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Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice

Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice

Fifth Edition

February 2021 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Communicating the excitement and importance of criminal justice research, this practical and comprehensive book shows students how to perform and understand statistical analyses, while helping them recognize the connection between statistical analyses used in everyday life and their importance to criminology and criminal justice. This updated Fifth Edition is packed with real-world case studies and contemporary examples utilizing the most current crime data and empirical research available. Each chapter presents a particular statistical method in the context of a substantive research story.

A companion website for the book at includes resources for instructors and students.

Chapter 1. The Importance of Statistics in the Criminological Sciences or Why Do I have to Learn This Stuff?
PART I. Univariate Analysis: Describing Variable Distributions
Chapter 2. Levels of Measurement and Aggregation
Chapter 3. Understanding Data Distributions: Tabular and Graphical Techniques
Chapter 4. Measures of Central Tendency
Chapter 5. Measures of Dispersion
PART II. Making Inferences in Univariate Analysis: Generalizing From a Sample to the Population
Chapter 6. Probability, Probability Distributions, and an Introduction to Inferential Testing
Chapter 7. Point Estimation and Confidence Intervals
Chapter 8. From Estimation to Statistical Tests: Hypothesis Testing for One Population Mean and Proportion
PART III. Bivariate Analysis: Relationships Between Two Variables
Chapter 9. Testing Hypotheses With Categorical Data
Chapter 10. Hypothesis Tests Involving Two Population Means or Proportions
Chapter 11. Hypothesis Tests Involving Three or More Population Means: Analysis of Variance
Chapter 12. Bivariate Correlation and Regression
PART IV. Multivariable Analysis: Predicting One Dependent Variable with Two or More Independent Variables
Chapter 13. Controlling for a Third Variable: Multiple OLS Regression
Chapter 14. Regression Analysis With a Dichotomous Dependent Variable: Logit Models


Instructor Teaching Site

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LMS cartridge included with this title for use in Blackboard, Canvas, Brightspace by Desire2Learn (D2L), and Moodle

The LMS cartridge makes it easy to import this title’s instructor resources into your learning management system (LMS). These resources include:

  • Test banks
  • Editable chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides
  • Answers to en-of-chapter problems from the book
  • Software output for Excel, SPSS, and Stata organized by chapter
  • Datasets for use with the book
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You can still access all of the same online resources for this title via the password-protected Instructor Resource Site.
Student Study Site


The open-access Student Study Site makes it easy for students to maximize their study time, anywhere, anytime. It offers flashcards that strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts, datasets for use with the book, and software output for Excel, SPSS, and Stata organized by chapter.

I have used this book for a while. Good content, examples, and details for my grad students.

Dr Jina Lee
Criminal Justice, Grand Valley St. Univ-Eberhard
March 24, 2022
Key features


  • Current crime data and new research examples ensure students have practical experience with the most up-to-date information available in criminology and criminal justice.
  • New SPSS, Excel, and Stata exercises that correspond to the chapter material give students hands-on experience utilizing real data including subsets of data from the National Crime Victimization Survey, Monitoring the Future, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, state-level crime data from the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), and opinion data from the General Social Survey.
  • The univariate chapters include all new data from the most recent publications from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
  • The most recent data available is used in Chapter 12 to examine the bivariate relationships between state rates of murder and poverty, rates of robbery and rural population, and rates of robbery and divorce to conduct appropriate statistical analyses, helping students to simultaneously learn important substantive information related to the discipline.

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