Measuring crime & deviance: official stastics

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1. What is the role of the government in the recording of crime?

  • Crime changes over time, law changes to reflect cultural changes & influence of powerful groups, crime across time could be due to law changes not crime changes, eg cannabis appears to decline but less arrests as public dont care
  • Crime changes over time, law changes to reflect cultural changes & influence of powerful groups, crime across time could be due to law changes not crime changes, eg cannabis is declining but less arrests as public dont care
  • Crime changes over time, law changes to reflect cultural changes & influence of powerful groups, crime across time could be due to law changes not crime changes, eg cannabis appears to decline but less arrests as media dont care
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2. The OCS may not be useful - what are exmples of this?

  • General public more intolerant of property crime as more materialistic -report theft more, juvenile crimes - deviancy amplification spiral, victimless crimes like soft drug use/prositution less reported -depend on police detection -varies by area
  • General public more intolerant of violent crime as more individualistic -report theft more, juvenile crimes - deviancy amplification spiral, victimless crimes like soft drug use/prositution less reported -depend on police detection -varies by area
  • General public more intolerant of property crime as more materialistic report theft more, juvenile crimes - deviancy amplification spiral, victimless crimes like soft drug use/prositution more reported -depend on police arrests -varies by area

3. 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

4. What factors make people more likely to report a crime

  • Work benefit to it eg compensation, have faith in police ability to get positive result
  • Personal benefit to it eg insurance, have faith in police ability to get positive result
  • Public benefit to it eg fame, have faith in police ability to get positive result

5. 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

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