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What is the purpose of studying crime?

In your opinion, what is the purpose of studying crime? What are the goals of researching crime? Is it important for the students of criminal justice to know the foundations of research methods? Why? What factors limit our ability to study crime today? Will these limiting factors change over time? Why?
Will crime become easier or more difficult to explain in the future? Why? Is it possible to study criminology in a scientific manner similar to the way the hard sciences are studied? Why?

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In your opinion, what is the purpose of studying crime?

-- When we study crime, it allows us to look at trends in the major crimes of the past, and to actually see how the crimes have evolved with the changing times. In doing so, we are better able to look ahead, and attempt to determine how crimes will continue to evolve, following the same historical trend. We are then able to work on perfecting crime-detection tools and analyses that are used in crime detection to a greater extent, which will be a benefit to the criminal justice system as a whole.

What are the goals of researching crime?

-- Researching crime allows us to gather parallel data between crimes that were committed in the past, to crimes that are an issue now. Also, if we are currently seeing a high percentage of crime in a specific area, by researching past crime, we are able to identify many of the ways that the criminal justice system handled the same types of crimes, and can read and analyze the reasoning that ...

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In your opinion, what is the purpose of studying crime? What are the goals of researching crime? Is it important for the students of criminal justice to know the foundations of research methods? Why? What factors limit our ability to study crime today? Will these limiting factors change over time? Why?
Will crime become easier or more difficult to explain in the future? Why? Is it possible to study criminology in a scientific manner similar to the way the hard sciences are studied? Why?

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