Historical Crime Data Analysis

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The measurement of social phenomena and crime has grown and evolved into a much more sophisticated process of data collection and analysis since the early days of crime data collection. For this assignment, you will use the data in Exhibit 2.5 of Chapter 2 in the Mismeasure of Crime text (Attached) as a basis for your submission. Exhibit 2.5 provides you with the homicide rate data for a sample of large U.S. cities for the years 1880–1915. Choose any three cities represented to perform a comparative analysis of the historical data.


  1. Based on your reading of the Hernon and Schwartz article What Is a Problem Statement?(Attached), draft a narrowly focused problem statement that can be examined using appropriate criminal justice research methods for the data presented.
  2. Compare the 1880 and 1915 homicide rates in Exhibit 2.5 of Chapter 2 in your Mismeasure of Crime text to the most recent UCR homicide rates for the cities chosen. Retrieve the rates from the FBI’s UCR site: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s
  3. Analyze whether the current rates are higher or lower.
  4. Explain factors that might account for the differences.


  • Written communication: Must be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • Resources and citations: Format according to APA guidelines.
  • Required page count: 3–5, not including the cover page or the references page.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

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