Self-Collection Methods

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I do not believe self-reports are necessarily the most accurate or liable methods for gauging criminal behavior, but I do believe that they are still an essential aspect for recording delinquent criminality. As with any of the crime data collection methods explained within the book, they all have respective strengths and weaknesses. Self-report surveys, include crimes that went unreported, juvenile substance abuse, and an offender's’ personal characteristics and information. As valuable as these statistics may be, to obtain such information we are forced to “rely on the honesty of offenders and omit offenders who refuse or are unable, as consequences of incarceration, to participate (and who therefore may be the most delinquent)” (Siegel Pg.
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