Crime Statistics and Lawsuits

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CRIME STATISTICS AND LAWSUITS

CrimeStatistics and Lawsuits

CrimeStatistics and Lawsuits

HowCrime Statistics Illustrate the Crime Picture in America

If developed effectively, crimestatistics can paint a true picture of the extent and variation ofmisconduct in the U.S., especially the areas mostly affected bylawbreaking. Schmalleger (2016) posits that the FBI’s Uniform CrimeReport gathers the entire America crime data, which assists police toidentify criminals. Furthermore, the process allows the public tounderstand the classification of all the delinquencies, for example,robbery, rape, corruption, assault, murder, and carjacking conductedin the areas they live. This means that the information helpsindividuals become cognizant of the misconduct’s scope or variantincluding places with the highest crime rates or how often theoffenses occur (Schmalleger, 2016). In this regard, the statisticstell the law enforcers and the public when the crime is on the riseor when it diminishes hence, the government knows the approaches itwill develop to prevent criminal activities. In the past, the datashowed only the scope and variation of the crimes, but today it hasextended to expose the existing gaps in combating wrongdoings.

Questions

Nametwo predominant misconduct statistics-collecting schemes in the U.S.?

Whyare major crime data-gathering programs ineffective in painting theaccurate picture of criminal activities in America?

Comments

The major federal extensiveprograms for gathering data relating to criminal activities magnitudeand variation include the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR).

On the other hand, major programsonly reflect the information reported thus, fail to include crimesperpetrated, but not conveyed to police agencies. Moreover, they showcriminal activities that hurt people directly as well as do notencompass petty misconducts.

Requirementsfor a Successful Section 1983 Lawsuit

Thesection allows people to sue police officers, supervisors, city, orcounty officials for denying them any freedom, liberty, or immunitysafeguarded by laws and the Constitution. Although municipal or stateofficers do not have the dominion under state statute to act inviolating a person’s federal freedoms, they are accountable underthe section if found guilty. A petitioner must prove that a person(police officers and state or municipal administrators) exposed themto behavior that happened under color of law and that the activitydeprived them their rights, immunities, and freedoms (Schmalleger,2016). However, the plaintiff must name the offenders in theirindividual capacity rather than their professional faculty.

Questions

Describewhat is a procedural law?

Whatis the social responsibility of police officers to observe toobligation and moral duty?

Howdo criminal intelligence helps in guiding policing?

Comment

Procedural law deals with theformal sequences that should be adhered to in enforcing legal rightsto ensure the application of fundamental justice or the due process.Law enforcers must conform to all the laid down regulations andsubscribe to the elements of the due process.

References

Schmalleger, F. (2016).&nbspCriminaljustice today: An introductory text for the 21st century(14thed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.