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Dr. Colin Loftin Presents: “A Paradox of Crime Statistics: Both "Misleading" and "Reasonable Estimates"

MAR 25, 2011 | 11:29 AM



899 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10019




March 25, 2011: 11:29 AM




The Criminal Justice Doctoral Program


ABSTRACT: Accuracy is not a property crime statistics. It is a property of the sample and the use that one makes of them. This explains the paradox that scholars complain about the poor quality of crime statistics, yet they use them to address important issues of justice and public safety I will illustrate this with examples of the use and misuse of the UCR's Supplementary Homicide Report data.

Bio: Dr. Loftin is the co-director of the Violence Research Group, a research collaboration with colleagues at the University at Albany and the University of Maryland, that conducts research on the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence. The major themes of the research are: (1) understanding violence as a social process extending beyond individual action; (2) improving the quality of data on the incidence and nature of crime; (3) the design and evaluation of violence prevention policies; and (4) the investigation of population risk factors for violence. Professor Loftin was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Understanding and Preventing Violence, and in 2010 he was named a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology (ASC).