Measuring crime & deviance: official stastics

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1. What do Left Realists think about the OCS and who are they?

  • Carlen - OCS correct, young w/c & African-Carribeans (depends on area) do commit more crime than other social groups despite moral panics, police stereotyping and judicial bias
  • Lea & Young - OCS correct, young w/c & African-Carribeans (depends on area) do commit more crime than other social groups despite moral panics, police stereotyping and judicial bias
  • Kinsey - OCS correct, young w/c & African-Carribeans (depends on area) do commit more crime than other social groups despite moral panics, police stereotyping and judicial bias
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2. What else do the CSEW show?

  • Volume of crime should be higher, females & w/c males just as likely to commit as those included in crime statistics
  • Volume of crime should be higher, females & m/c males just as likely to commit as those included in crime stastics
  • Volume of crime should be lower, females & m/c males just as likely to commit as those included in crime stastics

3. What did the CSEW say are the factors why individuals dont report crime to police?

  • Too trival to bother them, private matter, too embarassing, cant give info, fear reprisals
  • Too trival to bother them, public matter so others will report it, too embarassing, cant give info, fear reprisals
  • Too trival to bother them, private matter, too embarassing

4. When & where do we get official stastics from?

  • Records kept by the police - published every 6 months
  • Records kept by the courts - published every 6 months
  • Records kept by the police - published every 12 months

5. What is the dark figure?

  • Unrecorded/unreported crime, not recognised by victim as crime, not detected by police, highlighted by CSEW - many crimes reported to them not police, gap closing
  • Unrecorded/unreported crime, not recognised by victim as crime, not detected by police, highlighted by CSEW - many crimes reported to them not police, gap widening
  • Unrecorded/unreported crime, not recognised by victim as crime, not detected by police, highlighted by CSEW - few crimes reported to them not police, gap practically gone

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