Wednesday, January 09, 2008

This Is Not Good News

I’ve always felt that, despite the well-known limitations of this survey, the data were as or more valuable than the UCR data that gets stressed in the press more. And hearing that, once again, short-sighted Justice budget cuts have compromised their utility is just depressing. It’s one thing not to see the light. It’s another to be going around snuffing out all the torches.

The National Crime Victimization Survey provides crucial data on crime, particularly crimes unreported to police. The Bureau of Justice Statistics should be given a budget adequate to field a high-quality survey, says a new National Research Council report, which describes several options for the survey's future design. If budget constraints continue, the bureau should consider reducing interview frequency before choosing to cut the survey’s sample size, the report says.

(h/t Crime and Justice News)

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