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Report to the Nation on Crime and Justice, Second Edition

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138 pages
Using 165 slides accompanied by a written report, this presentation provides the Bureau of Justice Statistics' second comprehensive portrait of crime and criminal justice in the United States.
Relying heavily on graphics and a nontechnical format, it brings together a wide range of data from the Bureau's own statistical series, the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, the Bureau of the Census, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and many other research and reference sources. Because it analyzes these and other data sources, this report should interest the general public as well as criminal justice practitioners, researchers, and educators in high schools and colleges. The presentation is divided into five sections that deal respectively with the criminal event, the victim, the offender, the response to crime, and the cost of justice. It deals with such issues as the prevalence of crime, its victims, when and where crime occurs, the typical offender, and the government's response to crime. Data and information on the latter topic address entry into the criminal justice system, prosecution and pretrial services, adjudication, sentencing and sanctions, and corrections. Topics considered are how differently juveniles are handled from adults, what happens to convicted offenders, and the costs of justice and who pays. This second edition contains additional material on such common law crimes as homicide, robbery, and burglary; drunk driving; white-collar crime; high-tech crime; organized crime; State laws that govern citizen use of deadly force; private security; police deployment; sentencing practices; forfeiture; sentencing outcomes; time served in prison and jail; facilities crowding; recidivism; the cost of crime; and privatization of criminal justice functions. A subject index