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Nature and extent of crime in the United States

Could you explain me the nature and extent of crime in the us and to what extent deterrance?
based on;

-measuring crime
-trends in crime rates
-juvenile crime

I just need a brief explanation, thanks!

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Measuring Crime in the US: Trends, Rates, Policy Making, Deterrence

There are 2 official ways in which crime is measured in the US; the first is through the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports which officially began in 1929. Crimes reported on include murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. This is done monthly and annual report; mostly quantitative data is published annually as a report titled Crime in the United States which is usually issued the next Fall. The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) which began in 1973 is a mixed method (mostly qualitative) detailed report on crime incidents, victims, and trends.

Trends in crime rates are based on the UCR (see above) data compiled monthly and annually by the FBI. Since this is collated nationally and encompasses over 92.9% of the population surveyed (all towns, cities, regions, states, territories), ...

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The solution is a 668-word narrative that provides a concise explanation of the nature and extent of crime and deterrence in the US taking into account the listed basis for measurement (see original question/long description). References are listed for expansion. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing.