SOC 2760 Chapter Notes - Chapter 3: Homicide

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In 2004, 16,137 individuals in the united states were murdered. Circumstances known for 65% of murders in 2004. Homicides involving arguments were most common (43. 9%) National violent death reporting system (nvdrs)- drugs involved in 16% of homicides in. Role of drugs/alcohol may not always be clear. 23% of victims killed by acquaintances, 9% by intimate partners, 8% by family members (not spouses), 3% by someone else the victim knew. 89% who kill females and 90% who kill males are male. Homicide offending usually committed by someone relatively young (peak age is 20-24 years) 48. 6% of offenders white, 47. 5% african american, less than 4% other/unknown race. White predominate as victims (52. 9%), african american (43. 6%), 177 other races, 68 race. White offenders kill white victims, african americans kill african americans. If a man is murdered at 35, and average life expectancy is 75, 40 years potential life have been. Personal weapons (when someone is beat to death)

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