Crime is the breach of rules or laws for which some governing authority (via mechanisms such as police power) may ultimately prescribe a conviction. Individual human societies may each define crime and crimes differently. While every crime violates the law, not every violation of the law counts as a crime; for example: breaches of contract and of other civil law may rank as “offences” or as “infractions”.
When informal relationships and sanctions prove insufficient to establish and maintain a desired social order, a government or a sovereign state may impose more formalized or stricter systems of social control. With institutional and legal machinery at their disposal, agents of the State can compel populations to conform to codes, and can opt to punish or to attempt to reform those who do not conform.
External Links to Crime Related Issues
Crime – Supports innovative programs that strengthen the nation’s criminal justice system by assisting state and local governments in combating violent crime and drug abuse.
Crime – The National Center for Victims of Crime is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims.
Important Crime Related Issues
Crime – The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) serves as a voice within government for the needs of crime victims in Washington State. …
Crime – CrimeMapping.com is dedicated to helping law enforcement agencies provide the public with valuable information about recent crime activity by neighborhood.
Crime – High Technology Crime Investigation Association – an international way to investigate the crimes of this high-tech world