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Comparing serious violent crime in the US and England and Wales: why it matters, and how it can be done

Gallo, Zelia, Lacey, Nicola and Soskice, David (2014) Comparing serious violent crime in the US and England and Wales: why it matters, and how it can be done. Law Society and Economy Working Paper Series (WP16/2014). London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

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 is needed. Violent crime presents particular problems of variation in offence definition and recording practices. We can, however, derive reasonably valid comparative data for the US and England and Wales for the narrower category of serious violent crime. We show broadly that the incidence of serious violent crime per capita is between three and seven times as high in the US 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 US are distinctively high.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/law/wps/wps1.htm
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
K Law > KD England and Wales
K Law > KF United States Federal Law
Sets: Departments > Law
Collections > United States Collection
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2014 10:39
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2019 23:26
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60012

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