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Chapter 9: Law Enforcement, Crime Prevention, and Victim Assistance
The United Nations Surveys on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems seek to collect data on the incidence of (police-recorded) crime and the operations of criminal justice systems across the world. In the previous chapters, we have critiqued the use of police-recorded crime statistics as measures of the incidence or trends of crime. We will now turn our attention to the second and potentially more useful objective of the surveys: to collect data on the workload of criminal justice systems and the processing of cases through the system (Newman, 1999).
In the UN Crime Surveys, data are collected on all major stages of criminal justice from ...