Competencies Addressed in This Assignment

  • Competency 2: Articulate a problem statement appropriate for examination using criminal justice research methods.
  • Competency 4: Use a common research method of criminal justice practitioners to examine the problem statement.
  • Competency 6: Communicate effectively in writing.

Overview

As you learned in Chapter 2 of The Mismeasure of Crime, data was first measured in this century, and the measurement of social phenomena and crime has grown and evolved over time into a much more sophisticated process of data collection and analysis. For example, the first known form of data collected was from censuses. This data collection originally began as a form of tax and military assessment thousands of years ago. The type of data and methods of data collection have since evolved into the more sophisticated examples seen today, such as the development of the UCR, which has resulted in a comprehensive database of crime statistics.

For this assignment, you will use the data in Exhibit 2.5 of Chapter 2 in your Mismeasure of Crime text as a basis for your submission. Exhibit 2.5 provides you with the homicide rate data for a sample of large U.S. cities for the years 1880–1915. Choose any three cities represented to perform a comparative analysis of the historical data.

Instructions

  1. Based on your reading of the Hernon and Schwartz article What Is a Problem Statement?, draft a narrowly focused problem statement that can be examined using appropriate criminal justice research methods for the data presented.
  2. Compare the 1880 and 1915 homicide rates in Exhibit 2.5 of Chapter 2 in your Mismeasure of Crime text to the most recent UCR homicide rates for the cities chosen. Retrieve the rates from the FBI’s UCR site, linked in the Resources.
  3. Analyze whether the current rates are higher or lower.
  4. Explain factors that might account for the differences.

Requirements

  • Written communication: Must be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • Resources and citations: Format according to APA guidelines.
  • Required page count: 3–5, not including the cover page or the references page.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point

Here is the data Exhibit 2.5

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Here is the FBI’S UCR Link:

Uniform Crime Reports. https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s

 

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