CCJS 100 University of Maryland Global Campus Criminal Justice Question

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CCJS 100

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In week 2, you learned about the various ways in which we are made aware of crime and the different strengths and weaknesses of each of these methods of gathering crime statistics. You have also learned about how crime is defined can impact the overall perception and knowledge of crime.

Directions: With the readings from week 1 and 2 in mind, answer each of the following questions. Be sure to fully answer each part of every question.

1. Discuss the different views (I.e., interactionist, consensus, conflict) that influence how crime is defined. Which do you think is the best definition and why? Your “why” should be supported with facts.

2. Discuss two strengths and two weaknesses of each of the various measures of crime. Which method do you think is best and why?

3. Discuss two ways in which you think we can lessen the dark figure of crime.

4. Based on your answers to questions 1-3, propose a new way in which you think crime data should be collected. * note- this question involves critical thinking and should be your unique idea. You should, however, use course material to back up your thoughts.

Format Directions:

  • Paper must be double spaced, 11 or 12 pt font and 1”margins all around.
  • All APA 7th edition format requirements must be followed (cover page, in text citations, reference page). Refer to APA/UMGC - learning resources found in the content page of this course.
  • You must have resources to support your thoughts/opinions/information. These must be cited both in text as well as at the end of the document. Your paper should not contain direct quotes, sourced material must be paraphrased.
  • This should NOT be in flowing prose- you should answer in 1, 2, 3, 4 format

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MEASURING CRIME

Measuring Crime
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Measuring Crime
Measuring Crime
1. Discuss the different views (I.e., interactionist, consensus, conflict) that influence
how crime is defined. Which do you think is the best definition and why? Your
“why” should be supported with facts.

In the intercationist view of crime definition, crimes are defined by people with social power
and are a reflection of their preferences and opinions. People with power define what is wrong
and right, and this ends up becoming law. The poor and less powerful are bound to obey the
preferences and opinions of the powerful and wealthy in society. The consensus view of crimes
dictates that people in society come together and agree on what is legal and illegal. The theory
assumes that people in the society come together, regardless of gender, race, social-economic
class, age, or gender, to set up laws that govern their society. In the consensus view of crime
definition, criminal law is a reflection of morals, rules, and beliefs that apply to all society
members in equal measure irrespective of their social status. The conflict view of crimes sees
society as a collection of different groups, including professionals, owners, workers, poor, older,
young, and wealthy people. The conflict view assumes that the society is unequal and that there
is no consensus of these diverse groups, which means that these groups are in constant conflict.
The rich, powerful, and those with powerful social positions define crimes in a way that they
have the power to influence social morals and actions (Burke...


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