Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

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Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: September 23, 2005
Latest Update: September 23, 2005

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Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics "The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States."

Finding topics and statistics on criminology:

• College freshmen reporting that the death penalty should be abolished

• Attitudes toward approaches to lowering the crime rate in the United States

What does Table 2.28 of the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics tell us?

Table 2.28 of the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics tells us that increasingly since 1989 respondents to the Gallup Poll agree that attacking social problems causing criminal activity is more important than increasing the policing of such activity. In 1989, 61% of respondents took this position, dropping to 57% in 1999. In March of 1992, 64% of respondents agreed on the importance of attacking the underlying social problems, and in August 1992 that percentage rose to 67%. In February of 1994, the percentage of respondents seeing the crime rate as dependent on social problems more than on policing dropped to 57 %, as in 1999, dropping even further to 51% in August of 1994. The social problem approach rose again to 68% in a 200 poll, and to 69% in 2003.

Check out the rough graph of Table 2.28. What does it tell you? (Other than that my graphics program was not working right, that is.)

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So while trying to make the graphics program work, I drew the graph backwards. I should have put the years along the horizontal axis, and the percentage of respondents along the y axis. I'll redraw it when I can get to it. But meanwhile, I flipped it so you could see what I mean.

Notice the weird dips in percentages agreeing with the social problems approach in 1992 and 1994. What you should do is to try to explain that by historical events in the time periods in which it happened. Try it. Think about the Iraqi war and about the Presidential elections.