Using the assigned readings, Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data, and the film, A Time to Kill, write a reflective essay (1,000-1,250 words) on how various philosophies define crime and how differences in philosophy can influence the way that crime is quantified.


Address the following:


    Identify how changes in the social and political climate can lead to modifications in the way governments and individuals define crime. 

    Address the difficulties that arise when attempting to define and measure crime.  

    Discuss whether crime statistics reflect more about the individuals that are collecting the statistics or the crimes and criminals. 

    Examine the various ways that crime is measured and discuss the possible benefits or issues that could arise with each type of measurement tool. 


Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.


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