Criminal Justice | Learning Resources | Section 1.3

Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System by Adam J. McKee

Section 1.3:  Measuring Crime

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Learning Objectives
1.3(a) Name and describe the three major national crime data-gathering programs in the United States today.
1.3(b) Discuss what crime statistics tell us about crime in the United States.
1.3(c) Describe the limitations of the three major national crime data-gathering programs in the United States today.
1.3(d) Describe the FBI’s Crime Index, and list the Index Crimes.
1.3(e) Define crime rate and explain why crime statistics are generally expressed as rates rather than counts or percentages.
1.3(f) Define the hierarchy rule and explain how it impacts crime reporting.
1.3(g) Discuss the meaning of the term clearance rate and describe how it is different than the crime rate.
1.3(h) Describe the development of the NIBRS, and identify why it is superior to the UCR.
1.3(i) Compare and contrast the purpose and data collection methods of the NIBRS with the NCVS.
1.3(j) List and define each of the Part I offenses as used in the UCR.

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Key Terms

    • Aggravated Assault
    • Arson
    • Burglary
    • Common Law Felonies
    • Criminal Homicide
    • Dark Figure of Crime
    • Felon
    • Forcible Rape
    • Index Offenses
    • Larceny-theft
    • Mala In Se
    • Mala Prohibita
    • Misdemeanant
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
    • National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)
    • National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)
    • Omission
    • Rate
    • Robbery
    • U.S. Census Bureau
    • Uniform Crime Reports (UCR)
    • Victimless Crime
    • Violation

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Last Updated:  04/21/2021

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