Crime in America: a reference handbook by Jennifer L. Durham

By Jennifer L. Durham

Crime in the USA provides various viewpoints at the keep watch over of crime, anti-crime efforts via laws and neighborhood motion, and the successes and screw ups of legislation enforcement and the felony justice method in facing crime in American society today.A chronology detailing historic advancements and demanding statistical fluctuations in U.S. crime throughout the twentieth century, very important figures within the ongoing anti-crime campaign, laws excerpts, records, annotated print and nonprint source lists, and outlines of presidency and personal enterprises around out this important reference device.

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Passing bad checks is a common offense that does not require access to large banks or corporate accounts, although computer verification systems and an increasing preference for other forms of payment are making it more difficult for criminals to write bad checks. Increasingly, stolen credit cards present a real danger, but companies are also taking steps to combat that problem. Photos appear on some users' cards, and many stores keep computerized records of signatures when a customer signs a receipt.

Today, the word is used to describe a number of criminal organizations. The first Italian Mafia members who caused trouble in the United States were recognized by authorities in New Orleans in the late 1800s. Around the turn of the twentieth century, large numbers of immigrants from Eastern Europe and other places began to arrive in the United States, and every group seemed to have its own criminal organizations. Groups of Irish, Jewish, and Italian gangsters sprang up in cities like Chicago and New York, where immigrants were concentrated in ethnic neighborhoods.

S. S. 6 Legislation and stepped-up police presence are not solving the problem. S. crime. The remainder of this chapter describes in general terms trends in crime, various forms of crime, different approaches to crime control, the criminal justice system, and victims. How Serious Is the Crime Problem? If we look at FBI statistics since the 1960s, the crime problemespecially violent crimehas increased greatly. Some optimistic commentators have pointed to slight drops in crime rates in Page 3 recent years as evidence that the crime situation is improving, but compared to the levels of thirty years ago, the rate of offenses remains high.

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