Annotated Bibliography- muggastackz


Brown, Brittni. “Is the Media Altering Our Perceptions of Crime?” International Policy Digest, International Policy Digest, 6 Nov. 2018,

Background: This article explains how the media is fixing the correct outlook on crime that is happening in the United States. It brings ideas together from previous decades to today’s world.

How I Used It: I used this article to talk about social media and crime playing hand and hand. I used this is the article to talk about how social media is creating more crime in regards to events happening in the news each day.

2. Casey, Michael. “Do Violent Video Games Lead to Criminal Behavior?” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 17 Aug. 2015,

Background: This article reflects on video games leading to criminal behavior. It also reflects on school shootings and how violent video games are causing these shootings to happen. Certain games cause aggression or depression in the youth of today.

How I Used It: I used the article when talking about technology and crime. I explained how technology is causing youth to go out and commit a crime like a robbery or a gang-related activity.

3. Davey, Monica, and Mitch Smith. “Murder Rates Rising Sharply in Many U.S. Cities.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 1 Sept. 2015,

Background: This article explains how murder rates are rising in cities. In many cities, homicide rates are increasing while the regular crimes like burglary are slowly decreasing. The article provides credible people like a chief of polices, a criminologist and a mayor to give information on why these rates are increasing.

How I Used It: I used this article in context for how crime is increasing in certain areas and regions in the country. The facts that are given help justify that not every area of the country has the same crime rates.

4.  Donziger, Steven. “Measures of Crime”

Background: This article was suggested by the professor. This article shows two different measures of crime and what it means to measure crime.

How I Used It: I used this article in my section about victims attempting to report crime and statistics that reflect on crime victimization.

5.Gramlich, John. “5 Facts about Crime in the U.S.” Pew Research Center, Pew Research Center, 30 Jan. 2018,

Background: This article gives five facts about a crime that is in the United States. Each numbered point has a different truth about violent and property crime along with reporting and not reporting a crime.

How I Used It:  I used this in two ways. I used this article when talking about citizens reporting crimes to help reduce crime in the community.  I also used this article to give statistics regarding property and violent crime.

6.Gorman, Joe. “Local Crime Rates Close to National Trends.”, 28 Sept. 2018,

Background: This article gives statistical data regarding local cities that mirror national crime rates. The article talks about two local towns whose homicide rates increased as well as decreased.  Chief of Police from the local cities made remarks on why these crimes are frequently happening and how things could lower the crime rates.

How I Used It: I used this article to give an insight into a small town crime

7.Jacobs, Tom. “How to Bring Down Crime Rates.” Pacific Standard, Pacific Standard, 29 Sept. 2015,

Background: This article reflects on theories that could help reduce crime. They try to find punishments that could help influence society along with economists in those urban areas.

How I Used It: I used this article to talk about how crime levels are higher in areas that have high poverty rates. I found this article to think of theories to reduce crime in neighborhoods that need it the most.

8. Jencks, Christopher. “Is Violent Crime Increasing?” The American

Background: The article talks about how crimes are increasing by racial and social groups. The article gives data regarding on the ages of different groups and how they affect crime rates in America. Political people give their thoughts on how the criminal justice system works.

How I Used It: I used this in the article in two ways. I used this article to talk about race and social background in regards to how crime is increasing and decreasing. I also used this to talk about the increase in crime.

9.Lind, Dara, and German Lopez. “16 Theories for Why Crime Plummeted in the US.”, Vox Media, 20 May 2015,

Background: This article gives 16 theories on why crime is decreasing in the U.S. This article provides a for and an against an argument for each of the 16 theories.

How I Used It: I used this to talk about how crime will decrease by putting people in jail, along with trying to put more police officers in the field. I looked at each theory to value where I wanted to use each theory.

10.“ Number of Murders: U.S. Homicide Rate.”

Background: This article talks about the murder rate in the United States in 2017 by the state. This also gives an insight on what the crime was in each state and how it differs from other states.

How I Used It: I used this article to show that there are different crime rates for different regions. In the article, I found that Louisana had a high murder rate compared to New Hampshire.

11. Thompson, Sam. “Brandon Police Encourage Residents to ‘Lock It up’ as Property Crime Climbs.” Global News, Global News, 19 Nov. 2018,

Background: The background of this article talks about property crimes in small neighborhoods. This article also states how property crimes is a crime that is being done only at certain times of the day.

How I Used It: I used this article to give justification from police officers to show that property crime happens very much often in small suburban areas than in urban cities.

12. US Legal, Inc. “Crime Rate Law and Legal Definition.” Fraud Law and Legal Definition | USLegal,

Background: The primary purpose of this article is to give a proper definition of the crime rate and how crime rates are calculated. These calculations help with giving examples for FBI to use in their research

How I Used It: I used this article to provide what crime rates are. I used the statistics when talking about property crime in America.


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