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The Study, Measurement and Costs of Crime
A review of the study of crime, the measurement of crime and the costs of crime.
# 153534 | 1,981 words | 7 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jun 10, 2013 in Criminology (General)

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The paper begins by looking at the study of crime and discusses the nature of crime and delinquency, the characteristics of crime and the social construction of crime. Next, the paper examines the measurement of crime that includes police crime figures, court and prison statistics and general population and offender surveys. Finally, the paper explores the costs of crime and addresses the direct loss of property, the transfer of property, the costs associated with criminal violence, illegal expenditures, enforcement costs and prevention and protection costs.

The Study of Crime
Measuring Crime
Crime and Its Costs

From the Paper:

"There are several definitions of crime that describe what causes criminal behaviour thus giving criminologists specific domains to study. They range from the individual's intuitive nature of what crime is to the legalistic definition of what it is. This legalistic nature of crime is what has been widely known and used. Crime is defined in as a violation of criminal law and the state punishes anyone or group of people who violate the codified or formalized crimes. This is unlike the social definition which renders criminologists as human rights guardians. This definition was defined by Conklin (2010). He described crime as a violation of historical human or individual rights.
"The main characteristic of crime is punishment (Presdee, 2000). Whatever the crime whether rape, fraud or environmental pollution, as long as I am found guilty or responsible for the commission of the crime then I can be punished. Criminal intent is another major trait of crimes. Though is a fairly recent concept now one has to have the criminal; intent to be charged with a violation against criminal law. Even when harm is caused, unless intent is proven then punishment has to be implemented. There are cases in which one is not capable of a criminal activity such as being mad, being a minor among others."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Catalano, S. M. (2006). The Measurement of Crime: Victim Reporting and Police Recording. New York: LFB Scholarly.
  • Conklin, J. (2010). Criminology. New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc.
  • Kornhauser, R. (1978). Social Causes of Delinquency. Chicago: University of Chacago Press.
  • Larry, S. J. (2003). Criminology. Thompson-wadsworth.
  • Presdee, M. (2000). Cultural Criminology and the Carnival of Crime. London: Routledge.

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