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Discuss the major differences between the various methods that are used to collect criminal justice data? What are these methods and which is the best?

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As the criminal justice field continues to evolve, the method that researchers utilize in order to gather historical data on criminals and victims are essential to the furthering of our field. Surveys play a major factor as it relates to the gathering of this data. Surveys such as victim surveys provide researchers with information from victims as it relates to their assailants that went unreported. Below we'll discuss the major differences between the various methods which are used to collect criminal justice data as well as the one that I feel is best.

The first method we'll discuss of collecting data is through self report surveys. Self-report surveys are data-gathering methods which involve asking respondents to admit to various behaviors or acts that are deviant or delinquent in nature ...

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This solution identifies some of the various methods that are used to collect criminal justice data including, self-report surveys, the national crime victimization survey (NCVS), and the uniform crime report (UCR). The expert provides an opinion on which of these methods is superior.

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