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Crime and Criminals

Wesley G. Skogan

in The Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199542475
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199542475.013.0003

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law

Crime and Criminals

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This article deals with the dynamics of macro- and micro-level crime. It is followed by the description of crime trends and reviews research on the factors associated with its rise and decline. The discussion concerns six categories, namely, demography and economic conditions; policing and incarceration; drugs, guns, and gangs; community and environmental factors; lifestyle and culture; and crime reporting and recording. The goal of this review is to provide an insight into the literature on crime trends. This article also discusses what is known and what needs to be known about the reasons for crime going up and down, and highlights some of the issues faced by those who take up the challenge. It discusses the factors associated with trends in crime and the technical issues involved and addresses their impact, and cross-national significance.

Keywords: macro-level crime; micro-level crime; crime trends; technical issues; drug; economic conditions

Article.  12288 words. 

Subjects: Law ; Criminology

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