Mismeasure of Crime

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ISBN-13: 9781412981811

Edition: 2nd 2011

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Book details

List price: $51.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Timothy C. Hart received his Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of South Florida and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at University of Nevada-Las Vegas. His areas of interest include survey research, applied statistics, geographic information systems, and victimization. Prior to joining the faculty at UNLV, he worked as a statistician for the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and as a Program Analyst for the Drug Enforcement Administration. He is also founder and co-editor of Crime Mapping: A Journal of Research and Practice.

Clayton Mosher received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto, and is currently an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Sociology at Washington State University Vancouver. He is the author of several books and articles in the areas of inequality in criminal justice system processing, drugs and drug policies, and the impact of prison construction on employment.

Terance Miethe received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University, and is currently a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He is the author of several books and research articles in the areas of criminal victimization, theories of crime, and criminal processing.

Exhibits
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Pervasiveness (and Limitations) of Measurement
Data for Thought
Reliability, Validity, and Sources of Error in the Measurement of Social Phenomena
Reliability and Validity in Survey Research
Reliability and Validity Issues Related to the Questionnaire and Respondents
Measuring Crime and Deviance
Conclusion
The Design of This Book
Review Questions
Internet Exercises
The History of Measuring Crime
The Early History of Measuring Social Phenomena and Crime
The Development of Uniform Crime Reports in the United States
The Dark Figure and Additional Problems With Crime Statistics
Early Self-Report Studies
Victimization Surveys
Summary and Conclusions
Review Questions
Internet Exercise
Official Crime Data
Uniform Crime Reports in the United States
Data Collection Procedures Under the Uniform Crime Reports Program
Classifying and Scoring Criminal Offenses in the UCR Program
National Incident-Based Reporting System
Official Crime Trends and Patterns Based on Uniform Crime Reports
Problems with Police Data on Crime
Official Crime Data in International Context
Summary and Conclusions
Review Questions
Internet Exercises
Self-Report Studies
The Method Behind the Measure
Self-Reports on Crime and Delinquency
Social Correlates of Self-Reported Offending
Reliability and Validity of Self-Report Data
Self-Reports From Known Criminals and Delinquents
Summary and Conclusions
Review Questions
Internet Exercises
Victimization Surveys
The National Crime Victimization Survey
Victimization Rates and Characteristics of the Victims, Offenders, and Incidents
Other Victimization Surveys
International Victimization Surveys
Problems With Victimization Surveys
Summary and Conclusions
Review Questions
Internet Exercises
Crime Patterns, Evaluating Crime Policies, and Criminological Theories
Crime Trends
Using Crime Data to Evaluate Crime Policies
Testing Criminological Theory
Racial Profiling/Biased Policing
Recent Developments in Official Data, Self-Reports, and Victimization Surveys
Summary and Conclusions
Review Questions
Internet Exercises
References
Index
About the Authors
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