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Criminal Justice Myths and Facts

Summary: Whether self initiated or governmentally generated, the media and government focus public attention on unique social problems; crime myths thus begin to take shape. Whether it be through criminal acts being heightened to a crime myth or exaggerating ordinary events in life.

Compare and contrast crime "myths" and "facts."

The media plays a huge role in forming people's perceptions of crime. Without the media we would remain ignorant to occurrences outside our direct social groups. The media and especially news coverage therefore provides us with an important point of contact with the rest of society. In evaluating its effect on popular perceptions of crime it becomes important to consider where most of the information comes from and how representative it is on actual criminality. If it takes "facts" (the truth, the actual event, a real thing) or if it is heightened to a crime myth. With a myth being based upon "exaggeration" or heightening of "ordinary" events in life. Crime myths become a convenient mortar to fill gaps in knowledge and to provide answers to question social science either cannot answer or has failed to address. Myths tend to provide...

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