“You can think of rape and sexual assault as the darkest of the dark figure of crime,” said Candace Kruttschnitt, a sociologist at the University of Toronto who is co-chairing a panel of researchers who are advising the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics on its victimization surveys.Rape: the Darkest Dark Figure of Crime - The Numbers Guy - WSJ
n 1: Raise the Crime Rate
Uncounted in the official tallies are the hundreds of thousands of crimes that take place in the country’s prison system, a vast and growing residential network whose forsaken tenants increasingly bear the brunt of America’s propensity for anger and violence.
Crime has not fallen in the United States—it’s been shifted.
We use data from a unique survey of members of drug-trafficking gangs in favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to characterize drug-trafficking jobs and study the selection into gangs, analyzing what distinguishes gang-members from other youth living in favelas.Your probability of death if you join a Brazilian gang is 20% over two years | Chris Blattman
The takeaway from that is that not just the Malawi murder but all the UNODC data supposedly derived from public health sources is questionable. I’m not trying to claim that these statistics were necessarily faked intentionally. I can imagine a number of ways they could have been screwed up by mistake.Can the UNODC’s Murder Statistics be Trusted? | Ceteris Non Paribus
Teachers versus armed civilians in mass murder prevention « Urban ethics and theory — screams ‘coding exercise for undergrads’ to me too, as do many of the posts I tag with ‘measurement’ (via Cosma Shalizi).
prisons, correctional facilities, and jails in america. circle radius determined by (absolute) facility population (max=9796). huge thanks to the creator of prisonmap, josh begley, for discussing his project with me and giving me tips on scraping the data from prisoners of the census.