Crime in America. PSCI 2481. Definitions. Crime “Behaviors for which society provides formally sanctioned punishment.” Distinctions among types of crime Felony vs. Misdemeanor Violent vs. Property Victim vs. Victimless Blue-Collar vs. White Collar.
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“Behaviors for which society provides formally sanctioned punishment.”
Distinctions among types of crime
Felony vs. Misdemeanor
Violent vs. Property
Victim vs. Victimless
Blue-Collar vs. White Collar
In 1929, the International Chiefs of Police Association (IACP) recommended that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) define and maintain a national system for gathering crime statistics.
PART I (The “INDEX”)
4. Assault (Aggravated)
7. Motor Vehicle Theft
8. Arson (added in 1978)
Disturbing the Peace
As the number of police increase, what impact do we expect they’ll have on crime?
If we put more police out on the streets to fight crime, we expect fewer crimes to occur.
What do we observe?
As the number of police increase, the number of reported crimes increase.
-- Samuel Walker
Society structures individual actions
Discrimination, poverty. Lack of opportunity lead to anti-social actions
People can be re-shaped.
Rehabilitation, Social Change
Emphasize Probation and Parole