Survey research on crime, criminal law and criminal justice in the United States


Since 1965, there has been rapidly expanding utilisation of surveys of the general public for knowledge about crime, law enforcement and criminal justice in the United States. This paper presents some results of an inventory completed in 1972 covering 400 separate surveys which asked one or more questions involving these topics. Of the surveys inventoried, 218 were conducted by one of another major public opinion polling organisation as part of periodic surveys; the remainder were special studies.

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