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NCJ Number: 148426 Find in a Library
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology  Volume:36  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1994)  Pages:175-185
Author(s): J V Roberts
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This author argues that routinely collecting and publishing race-related crime statistics has more disadvantages than advantages; therefore, he recommends that ethnicity data should be gathered only periodically, as part of the special study initiative of the Canadian Center for Justice Statistics.
Abstract: While skin color is a central defining personal characteristic in American society, allowing statistics to be classified according to race, Canadians come from a wider variety of cultures and countries and tend not to classify people in terms of skin color. There is the danger, in using race-based statistics, of attempting to identify groups that are overrepresented in the data and establishing a purported link between ethnicity and criminality. The author maintains that racial statistics cannot be gathered with an adequate degree of reliability or validity because of the complexities of racial classification. 4 notes and 11 references
Main Term(s): Statistics
Index Term(s): Canada; Criminality prediction; Foreign crime statistics; Race-crime relationships
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