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CJS/201: Introduction to Criminal Justice

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Professor Callie Marie Rennison explains the importance of measuring crime. She identifies the FBI and Bureau of Justice Statistics as two entities that measure crime, and she explains the differences between how each conducts its assessment.
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Dr. James Hunter discusses crime mapping and measuring in the context of retail crimes. Crime mapping and measuring can be done by looking at data sources like official crime statistics to get new estimates of crime.
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In the United States, prosecutors file about 13 million misdemeanor cases each year. These cases, which constitute about 80 percent of all cases nationwide, are mainly low-level, nonviolent crimes, such as drug possession, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, and prostitution.

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