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Mismeasure of Crime

ISBN-10: 0761987118

ISBN-13: 9780761987116

Edition: 2002

Authors: Clayton J. Mosher, Terance D. Miethe, Dretha M. Phillips

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After a decade of steady decline, the appearance of conflicting reports regarding crime statistics has led many to call into question the accuracy of the current methods used to compile these statistics. Because the measurement of social phenomena involves human decisions, inevitably errors are made. This book aims to identify and examine the nature of these errors so that social scientists, legislators, and the general public will be able to conduct a healthy dialogue on the topic in order to remedy some of the problems. Before the book goes into much contemporary detail, historical measures of crime are given an overview. The authors then follow with chapters on the three most common methods used to report crime. Official data, self report, and victimization studies are analyzed in depth in order to discuss the specific errors that can occur in each type of measurement. The final chapter of the book describes ways that these measures can be applied to specific situations. The end result is the formation of a clearer picture of the impact these measures can have on the formation of crime prevention and control policies. nbsp;
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/6/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
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 a 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. Besides co-authoring the Second Edition of Drugs and Drug Policy , he co-authored the Second Edition of The Mismeasure of Crime (SAGE, 2012) with Terance Miethe and Timothy Hart.

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.

Introduction
The History of Measuring Crime
Official Crime Data
Self Report Studies
Victimization Surveys
Crime Patterns, Evaluating Crime Policies, and Criminological Theories