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American Exceptionalism in Crime and Punishment$
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Kevin R. Reitz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190203542

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190203542.001.0001

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Comparing Serious Violent Crime in the United States and England and Wales

Comparing Serious Violent Crime in the United States and England and Wales

Why It Matters, and How It Can Be Done

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(p.332) 8 Comparing Serious Violent Crime in the United States and England and Wales
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American Exceptionalism in Crime and Punishment
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Zelia Gallo

Nicola Lacey

David Soskice

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190203542.003.0009

This chapter shows how reasonably valid comparative data for violent crime in the United States and England and Wales can be derived. Comparative analysis of violent crime is hampered by a lack of reliable statistics, even between relatively similar countries, with doubts about existing studies suggesting that further comparative data are needed. Violent crime presents particular problems of variation in offense definition and recording practices. However, the data for the United States and England and Wales can be derived for the narrower category of serious violent crime. The chapter shows broadly that the incidence of serious violent crime per capita is between three and seven times as high in the United States as in England and Wales. This parallels the comparative data on homicide; existing comparisons with Canada and New Zealand lend further weight to the claim that levels of serious violence in the United States are distinctively high.

Keywords:   comparative data, violent crime, United States, England and Wales, comparative analysis, serious violent crime, homicide, Canada, New Zealand

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