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U.S. homicide rate higher than other developed countries Highest crime rates - cities of 250,000 to 500,000 population Crime and Male Youth 45 % of all crimes, except murder, committed by youth under 18, & 75% are committed by age 25 and under Largely male activity – 90% of violent crimes Guns too available
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Crime and race Crime and Race Historically, poor immigrants groups - Mafia Myth about black crime: white-on-white crime; black-on-black Homicide victims 5 times more likely to be black – murder rate: 1 out of 68 males This often leads to racial profiling African-American males also have the highest probability of being an offender (also due to racial profiling) 1/3 of young African-American males aged 20 to 29 in prison, on probation, or on parole One in three black men can expect to go to prison in his lifetime
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Crime Variations within Cities Crime rates highest in central-city neighborhoods & decrease toward periphery Inner-city areas not invaded by disadvantaged newcomers often among the most stable, low-crime areas in the city Crime in the Suburbs Suburban crime increasing, less violent (robbery) Gated affluent suburbs keep crime rates down by restricting poor & unemployed Low-income & minority suburbs – higher crime
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