Crime: Meaningless Statistics?

As the sole source of such national statistics, the FBI has once again jarred Americans in its 35th annual report on Crime in the United States. Among persons under 19, says the FBI, "arrests for serious crimes increased 47% in 1965 over 1960." Are the facts really that grim — or are they even grimmer?

Many lawyers and sociologists now question the quality of the FBI statistics. The critics point out that the FBI simply compiles data volunteered by police departments, many of which report crimes in different ways, including not reporting crimes...

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