This lively and accessible text provides an introduction to the history of crime and crime control. It explains the historical background that is essential for an understanding of contemporary criminal justice and examines the historical context for contemporary criminological debates. For each topic, the book provides an overview of current research, comment on current arguments, and links to wider debates.

The History of Criminal Statistics

The History of Criminal Statistics

The history of criminal statistics


Chapter 3:

  • Provides the history of statistical collection of crime data. It asks, which crimes were statistically recorded and why? The chapter explores how statistics also increasingly came to be manipulated by a variety of agencies.
  • Analyses the nature of British historical criminal statistics. What credence can we place in the statistics? How much spin was involved in presenting statistics? What part did labelling play in distorting the crime statistics?
  • Reveals problems in interpreting crime ...
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