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Lecture 3

Lecture 3 Notes

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Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC209H5
Professor
Paula Maurutto

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Lecture 3: Sept. 28, 2012 *Remember: Assignment 1 is due in two weeks! Crime Funnel  The number of crime decreases as we move down the funnel  One of the important powerful messages of the crime funnel is that the actual amount of crime is actually unknown, there are only certain instances that we are aware of o There is no mechanism for knowing the actual amount of crime o Certain crimes go unreported, and not all crime is detected  Personal theft and vandalism, sexual assault (examples of crimes that tend to go unreported)  Possession of prohibited drugs (may not seem as a crime or goes unnoticed)  The police have a considerable amount of discretion as to which crimes they will go about investigating which varies between police departments o Some focus on gang crime, or drug trade, which all affects crime statistics  First time offenders are usually let go with a warning and the offense may not be officially recorded  A police officer may also decide to record a crime, but it may not necessarily result in an arrest, or the Crown may decide to divert people out of the criminal justice system and into an alternative program  There may be insufficient evidence, or a technicality in the process and he
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