Essay about Intro to Criminal Justice

Submitted By Amballard1
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What can crime statistics tell us about the extent of crime in America today? You cannot measure the crime statistics exactly. Crimes sometimes go unnoticed. There are different levels of crimes. There are federal, state, and local. No two crimes are the same. There are different factors or characteristics of the offender or victim. The crimes are classified as misdemeanor or felony. Compare and contrast the different crime reporting measuring systems. The crimes measured are only the ones that are reported with the Uniform Crime Reporting. There are two systems that measure crime. They are the Uniform Crime Reporting and National Crime Victimization Survey. The results of the two programs are neither comparable nor consistent. The Uniform Crime Reporting counts crimes such as: Homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, arson, larceny, theft, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. The National Crime Victimization Survey collects crimes such as: rape, personal robbery, aggravated and simple assault, household burglary, personal and household theft, and motor vehicle theft. There are significant differences between the two programs. The National Crime Victimization Survey includes both crimes reported and not reported to law enforcement. How has the public’s perception of the U.S. crime problem changed over time? Back in 2008, you could ask people this question and they would say that the crime rate was up, but in fact it wasn’t. The reason they think it was due to the media. But now