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Who are the Criminals? FBI crime statistics (as presented in Reiman, 1998, Robertson, 1989) indicate that the typical criminal is: A. Young People under 25 years old commit nearly half of all crimes. B. Male Men were four times as likely to commit crimes as females. C. Urban People arrested were much more likely to be from cities as opposed to small towns D. Black 29% of those arrested were black (they make up only 12% of the total population.) V. The True Character of Crime is Masked Many scholars (e.g., Robertson, 1989:126, Reiman, 1998, Barkan, 1997) maintain that these statistics distort the true character of the criminal element in the US. There are three reasons for this. A. Most Crimes Go Unreported The actual crime rate is nearly three times higher that the reported crime rate. B. Most Crime Data Are Biased It does not concentrate on upper-class crime. C. Most Crimes Go Undetected The largest group of criminals is, in fact, those that go undetected by the criminal justice system . Self-report studies reveal that nearly 100 percent of Americans have
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