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Overview & History of Crime - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Crime has existed in every society throughout the history of mankind. With the creation of laws came those who would break these legal agreements of civilization. The chapter lessons go through a specific definition and history of crime and differentiate between the different levels of criminal acts.
The end-of-lesson quizzes will provide you with a way to assess your knowledge of the subject matter and you can contact an instructor with any questions you may have. The lessons include information on such topics as:
- Specific types of crime
- Legal characteristics of crime
- Crime trends in the U.S.A.
- Crime measurement programs
|Crime: Definition & Types||Examine the types of crime.|
|General Categories of Crime||Learn about felonies, misdemeanors and other crime categories.|
|Crime: Legal Characteristics & General Features||Identify and describe the legal characteristics of crime.|
|History & Trends of Crime in the United States||Take a look at historical and current crime rates in the U.S.A.|
|Crime Measurement Programs: History & Nature||Examine how crime is measured through various programs.|
1. Crime: Definition & Types
Watch this video to explore the different types of crime. You'll learn about felonies, misdemeanors and violations. You'll also review various views on crime, as well as examine personal and property crimes.
2. General Categories of Crime
Watch this video to explore the different categories of crime. You'll learn about felonies, misdemeanors, offenses, treason, espionage, and inchoate offenses.
3. Crime: Legal Characteristics & General Features
Learn about the legal characteristics of crime. Find out what constitutes the actus reus, mens rea, and concurrence of a crime. Examine other general features of crime.
4. History & Trends of Crime in the United States
United States crime trends have fluctuated throughout history. This lesson takes a brief look at the history of crime in the U.S., crime rates over time and current trends.
5. Crime Measurement Programs: History & Nature
Watch this lesson to learn about how crime is measured in the United States. Examine the two main sources of criminal statistics and discover what each source of information can reveal.
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Other chapters within the Criminal Justice 102: Introduction to Law Enforcement course
- History of U.S. Law Enforcement
- Law Enforcement Systems in the U.S.
- Organization & Processes in Police Operations
- Roles in a Police Department
- Issues in Policing
- The Role of the Legal System in Law Enforcement
- The U.S. Court System
- Constitutional Law in the U.S.
- Criminal Law in the U.S.
- The Criminal Trial in the U.S. Justice System
- The Sentencing Process in Criminal Justice
- Corrections & Correctional Institutions