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U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Justice Statistics

Crime and Justice in the United States and
England and Wales, 1981-96

Compares crime in the United States and England with respect to crime rates (as measured both by victimization surveys and police statistics), conviction rates, incarceration rates, and length of sentences. Crime rates as measured in victim surveys are all higher in England than the United States. Crime rates as measured in police statistics are higher in England for half of the measured crime types. A person committing serious crime in the United States is generally more likely than one in England to be caught, convicted, and incarcerated. Incarceration sentences are also generally longer in the United States than England. 9/98. NCJ 169284

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Subsections of the report:
    Hightlights Acrobat file (99K)
    Report without methodology Acrobat file (426K)
    Methodology Acrobat file (273K)
    Supporting spreadsheets for Appendix 2:
       United States data (29K zip file)
       English data (24K zip file)