Essay On Uniform Crime Report

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Abstract The Uniform Crime Report Program is a national program set to voluntarily report a crime to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI recognized a need for national crime statistics to do its job more effectively (“About the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program,” n.d.). According to James Inciardi, it was recognized that the UCR had problems in 1978 as they were “incomplete and structurally biased” which made crimes into myths instead of reality (Inciardi, 1978, pg. 3). The statistics are submitted by cities, counties, and states nationwide. The redesign effort to the UCR in the 1980s brought about a whole new way of thinking and reporting. The National Incident-Based Reporting System was established in 1988 as an extension…show more content…
There are several accuracy criticisms that apply to both the UCR and the NIBRS. But the worst attempt at accuracy is the hierarchy of the UCR. Introduction The Uniform Crime Report Program is a national program set to voluntarily report a crime to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). As of 2007, there were some "17,000 city, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies” that report their findings to the FBI via the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). (Nolan, Haas, & Napier, 2011, pg. 498). There are sure to be more than that reporting in the last ten years. The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast the UCR and the NIBRS as well as give a critique of the methodological procedures and implications of each. The accuracy of the entire Uniform Crime Report Program is at stake, which includes both the Uniform Crime Report and the National Incident-Based Reporting System. However, the National Incident-Based Reporting System filled in the major hole that the Uniform Crime Report left open by implementing the hierarchy
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