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The Need for Better Crime Diagnostics
The need for better crime diagnostics
The Uses of International Crime Statistics

Reliable cross-national information on crime patterns allows governments to see how their domestic crime problems compare with other relevant countries (e.g., neighbors) and regional and global averages. Such objective diagnosis can provide a useful antidote to prevailing conceptualizations of crime and criminal justice based on sensationalist, media-led notions. If comparative crime statistics are used properly, they can help to inform countercrime policies. Specifically, they provide a benchmark of crime control policies to identify which policies do better than others and areas that can be improved.

In our global village, crime problems are no longer a domestic concern. Many types of crime have international dimensions, and trends in crime and justice ...

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