Uniform Crime Statistics Research Paper

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Society has always been fascinated with crime and violence. Due to the media's focus on crime and its influence as the main source of information on local and national events, the public has a skewed version of crime. As part of the criminal justice system, criminalistics and criminologist work with law enforcement to reduce, solve, and prevent crime. Standardized reporting of crime that was developed in 1929 provides statistics on the fluctuation of crime and aids in creating strategic methods to fight and prevent crime also. Crime is defined as "an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law." (Oxford, n.d.)Therefore, an act that causes physical, financial, or property damage or violates a mandate as specified by county, city, state, or…show more content…
As the description and classifications were standardized, offenses were classified as Part I index crimes and Part II index crimes. Part I offense classifications started with seven. "These included the violent crime of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault as well as the property crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. By congressional mandate, arson was added as the eighth Part I offense category in 1979." Part II offenses include embezzlement, fraud, non-violent sex crimes, vandalism, stolen property, weapons possession, drug abuse violations, and other offenses that are simple and non-violent like curfew violations, suspicion, and loitering

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