crim 101 the lives of a criminal and the events.docx

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Published on 21 Apr 2013
School
Langara College
Department
Criminology
Course
CRIM 1125
Professor
4/21/2013 2:05:00 PM
Researching criminal events
How do we know what we know? and what we know any good
Direct observation
Not necessarily the most efficient manner to research crime
Criminal events occur with relative frequency
Criminals spend a lot of their time doing same things as no criminals
THE SECRET LIVES OF CRIMINALS
Criminal behavior secretive in nature
Criminals avoid observation or detection
Some other dilemmas
If researchers succeed in observing criminal behavior what do they do
Researchers may end up being victims themselves if they hang out in
high crime areas
What happens if they are seen by the offenders to be observing their
criminal behavior
EXPERIMENTING ON HUMANS
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Document Summary

How do we know what we know? and what we know any good. Not necessarily the most efficient manner to research crime. Criminals spend a lot of their time doing same things as no criminals. If researchers succeed in observing criminal behavior what do they do. Researchers may end up being victims themselves if they hang out in high crime areas. What happens if they are seen by the offenders to be observing their criminal behavior. Issues of informed consent (if u tell the subjects what. Your going to do they may refuse or alter their. If you encourage subjects to break the law you may be breaking the law yourself. Wide variations in reporting practices across the country. Professionalism and degree of organization of particular police department may be a factor. Canada"s policy on collection of race crime information. Describes attrition rate as reported crimes make their way through the criminal justice system.

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