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Within criminology, scholars rely upon the following official data to understand crime trends, the UCR, NIBRS, and NCVS. Discuss each reporting system as well as some of the criticism of each. In essence, which of these are more reliable at telling the story of crime in the United States? Be sure to discuss why.

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The Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) “form the basis of crime reporting in America” (Newburn, 2017, p. 46). The UCR system was instituted in the early part of the 20th century and was prompted in part by police chiefs’ wish to be able to counter the reports of crime-related rumors in the press. The UCR database is managed by the FBI, with police departments feeding in data for particular crimes. It is important to note that police department participation in the UCR is not mandatory and that...

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