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1 What Americans Think “Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one – a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little: the criminal justice system?” Chapter 1 Crime and Justice in America Learning Objectives Course themes What is crime? Categories of crime How do we measure crime? Crime trends up or down? Politics of crime policy Course Themes Four basic themes Scientific Method Crime is a very complex issue Scientific Method Uses the scientific method, which is based on Logic Unbiased observations • To discover “facts” Causality Part of scientific inquiry involves a quest for causality In order to establish causality, we must first determine time order (cause before the effect) covariation (cause and effect vary together) if rival causal factors exist Understanding how the criminal justice system functions requires understanding the The criminal justice system is highly political Crime is functional in our political system Many decisions are political and frequently based on ideology Many attitudes about crime and criminals are based on myths and incomplete
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