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CJ 3250 Chapter 2

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Violence in Society Thursday 1/28 Chapter 2  The Application of Measures of Violence o The measure of violence are social indicators that enable us to assess where we are going concerning our values and goals as a society o Measuring violence is important because it allows us to evaluate the effectiveness of curtain programs o Fund Allocation  Omnibus crime control and safe streets Act of 1968: Distribution of federal funds based on last three years of violent crime in any given jurisdiction, based on UCR o Data is accessible on the internet  Understand the characteristics of the most commonly used data sources as well as their strengths and limitations Chapter 2  Three main measures of violence in the United States including strengths and limitation o Uniform Crime Reports (UCR)  Crime in the United States  Information is collected by the FBI through local law- enforcement agencies and reports official crime statistics o National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS)  This is a revised version of the UCR from above o National Crime Victims Survey (NCVS)  Administered by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau  This is based on national survey and provides information about criminal and violent victimization  Crime Rates o Amount vs Rate  Amount is the raw number of violent incidents in ant geographical area which is defined in a certain time span  In 2012, New York City had 419 murders while Chicago 500  In 2012, Austin had 31 murders while Baltimore had 218  Rate is the measure of the amount of change in relation to some basis of calculation such as population at risk o The five components of crime rates  Amount if crime in question  Population at risk for that crime  A constant multiplier, i.e. 100,000  Location  Time span o Formula: Crime rate= (amount of crime / population at risk) x 100,000  New York 5.05  Chicago 18.46  Baltimore 34. 85  Austin 3.72  Homicide rate in Us is 4.7 per 100,000 in 2012 o Why are they useful?  Specify risk for defined population by making comparison possible  i.e. Comparing Chicago to New York City  Comparing the same population over time  i.e. comparing how homicide rates in Chicago have changed over time  Multiplier of 100,000 conventionally used to convert decimals to whole numbers (With NCVS the multiplier is 1,000) o Potential problems?  Assume that population dimensions for the rates being computed and compared between 2 cities  i.e. if they are similar o Three main measures: UCR 1. The uniform Crime reports (UCR)  1920s- started when the FBI with support from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, started the program to collect national crime data  1930- The Us House of Representatives passed a bill authorizing the FBI as the national clearinghouse for information on crime obtain by the nation’s police departments  2012- 308 million (98.1%) of the US population was covered by the law-enforcement agencies participating in the UCR reporting program  Collecting Violent Crime Data by UCR  Most often begins with a complaint to a law- enforcement official  Investigation and record compiling if crime has occurred  States with mandatory reporting system and some large cities report directly to the UCR program (figure 2.1 on page 28)  Collects information on four violent crimes:  Murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault  What is measured by UCR?  Return A: Crimes Known to the police  Offenses reported or known  Founded vs unfound complaints  Number of actual offences (i.e. actual offenses)  Total number cleared by arrest or exceptionally cleared  Note the difference between number of offenses cleared by arrest vs. number of offenders arrested  Exceptional clearances refer to administrative closing of cases for a variety of circumstances beyond the control of the police department  Number of clearances for persons under 18  B. Age, Sex, and Ethnic Origin of Persons Arrested  2 forms, one for adults and the other for people under 18  Juvenile form asks about curfew violations and run away incidents  Instead of clearance measures, this form asks for the number of arrested offenders  Four racial groups: White, Black, American Indian, and Asian or Pacific Islander  Ethnicity: Hispanic vs Non- Hispanic  C. Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHR)  Provides information on each recorded case of murder and non- negligent manslaughter  1962 to 1975- SHR only recorded the age, race, and gender of victims, weapon used, and circumstances of the offense  1976- the SHR was revised and now includes a situation code that indicates combinations of single or multiple victims and single / multiple or unknown offenders; age, sex, race and ethnicity of all victims and offenders; weapons used by victim and offender; the relationship of the victim and offender; and situation including involvement in other felony crimes 2.National Incident- Based Reporting system (NIBRS)  Modified version of UCR o Some revisions and modifications to UCR in 1976 but major redesign and evaluation began in 1982  This system was based on major characteristics of serious crimes rather than aggregate summary information o SHR type of data for all serious offenses vs just homicides  The NIBRS gathers information on 46 group A offenses in 22 categories, and 11 group B offenses o Group A: Usually more serious such as homicides, robbery, assaults, sex offenses, fraud, stolen property etc., These are selected based on the seriousness, frequency, prevalence, and visibility to law- enforcement (detailed incident report filed) o Group B: Usually less serious, such as bad check offenses, curfew violations, and disorderly conduct (only arrest report filed)  Main differences between the UCR and the NIBRS: o Aggregate summary reports on 8 index crimes vs. detailed incident reports for 8 index crimes and 28 other crimes o Records for 1 offense as determined per hierarchy rule vs. each offense occurring in the incident o Distinction between attempted vs completed offenses o Applies hotel rule to burglary vs. expands burglary rule to include rental storage facilities o Records female (and forcible) rapes vs both gender victimization o Collects weapon info only for murder, robbery, and aggravated assault vs. all violent offenses o Provides counts on arrests for the 8 index crimes and 21 other offenses vs 8 index crimes and 49 other offenses 2. National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)  Rely on interviews with victims  Attempts to gauge crime not reported to or by the police  Early surveys in mid 60s indicated that crime rates reported by the UCR were only about one half to one third of those based on victim reports  National Crime Survey Started in 1972 o Victimization surveys in large cities done from 1972 to 1975, after that only nationwide survey done o Since 1991, this survey has been known as National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) 3. National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) continued  Collects data from a nationally representative sample of about 100,00 individuals age 12 and older living in about 50,000 US households  The NCVS does not complete with the UCR and NIBRS, it complements them  Some limitations include the cost; poor memory and telescoping; errors in reporting


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