Using Official Crime Data
After reading Chapter 3 of the Mosher textbook, “An Arresting Experiment: Domestic Violence Victim and Perceptions” by Miller, and “Controlling a Jail Population by Partially Closing the Front Door” by Baumer and Adams, discuss the following prompts:
How Important is it to use official crime data?What are some issues with using official crime data?What public policy changes could be made by relying upon the 2 articles?
After reading Chapter 4 of the Mosher textbook, what are some of the differences in using official crime data as discussed in Chapter 3 of the Mosher textbook and Self-Reported Data in Chapter 4? What are the particular strengths and weakness of each of these types of data sources?