Context: Since the 1970s, high crime rates and crime avoidance have become a normal social fact. This fact has become more evident post-Vietnam, as rates have risen and peaked to heights never seen. In fact, crime has lost some of its distinctiveness, such as being only an urban problem. Specifically, people today have a fear of crime no matter the social setting. This growing fear has led some to believe that crime is getting worse and will continue to rise in the future.
Task Description: Use the historical data provided by The Crime and Justice Atlas (2000) to provide a platform to analyze the impact of crime. Couple this data with the fact that, in contemporary society, television provides a mechanism for desensitization of society to criminal acts while increasing the expectations of individuals. Without regulating pressures, such as those produced in the family, social, or religious settings, the opportunity for criminal inclinations to translate into criminal acts is limitless. This leads to the fact that informal social interventions are another issue that must be addressed by contemporary crime policy. What responsibility does society hold in addressing the rising level of crime? Is “informal crime policy” a feasible notion? How can “informal crime policy” support public crime policy?