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THE PROBLEM WITH OFFICIAL CRIME RATES.docx

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Department
Criminology
Course
CRIM 2416
Professor
B.Cartwright
Semester
Summer

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THE PROBLEM WITH OFFICIAL CRIME RATES  Many previous studies beset with problem of relying on official crime rates … e.g, Shaw & McKay  Concerned about “the extent to which official delinquency rates reflect ecological biases in official reaction to delinquent behavior” (p.108)  “Lower-economic-status communities may have higher delinquency rates… because police concentration is greater here compared with higher-status areas.” o Police patrol lower economic status communities more often and actively search for crimes GETTING AROUND THE PROBLEMS  Sampson & Groves employed data from 1982 and 985 British Crime Survey  First data set
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