This book addresses the measurement of crime both historically and cross-nationally. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of each data source, the fundamental issues surrounding their accuracy, and the applications of these data in theoretical and policy research.
Clayton Mosher received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto, and is currently a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Sociology at Washington State University Vancouver. He is the author of several books and articles in the areas of inequality in criminal justice system processing, drugs and drug policies, and the impact of prison construction on employment. Besides co-authoring the Second Edition of Drugs and Drug Policy, he co-authored the Second Edition of The Mismeasure of Crime (SAGE, 2012) with Terance Miethe and Timothy Hart. Terance Miethe received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University, and is currently a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He is the author of several books and research articles in the areas of criminal victimization, theories of crime, and criminal processing. Timothy C. Hart received his Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of South Florida and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at University of Nevada-Las Vegas. His areas of interest include survey research, applied statistics, geographic information systems, and victimization. Prior to joining the faculty at UNLV, he worked as a statistician for the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and as a Program Analyst for the Drug Enforcement Administration. He is also founder and co-editor of Crime Mapping: A Journal of Research and Practice.
Exhibits Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: The Pervasiveness (and Limitations) of Measurement 2. The History of Measuring Crime 3. Official Crime Data 4. Self-Reporting Studies 5. Victimization Surveys 6. Crime Patterns, Evaluating Crime Policies, and Criminological Theories References Index About the Authors