criminology

Category archives for criminology

Back in 2006, Tim Blair declared I’d lean towards the official police figures myself (although jerked-around crime counting methods make comparisons problematic), mainly because they’re, you know, official police figures. The British Crime Survey is just a survey. Alas, he backed the wrong horse, as this story from the BBC proves: Police miscount serious violence

Death Penalty again

Via GrrlScientist I find the latest story claiming: What gets little notice, however, is a series of academic studies over the last half-dozen years that claim to settle a once hotly debated argument–whether the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder. The analyses say yes. They count between three and 18 lives that would…

Clue stick used some more

Tim Blair has added a slew of updates to try to bolster his case against the accuracy of the British Crime survey. The most interesting things about these updates is the way he introduces his sources: Ex-Labour councillor and academic Dr David Green: Barrister Rehman Chishti quits Labour:

Clue stick used

A while ago I Wrote about the Bulletin and Tim Blair’s ignorance of basic statistics. Blair could not comprehend how random sampling could give more accurate crime statistics than police reports, while the Bulletin reported numbers from an Internet poll without noting that the poll also found that 66% of Australians were male. Well, Blair…

Why you should study statistics

Because if you don’t you might end up like Tim Blair: Big call from Tim Lambert: “Crime and violent crime in Britain peaked in the early 90s and [have] since plummeted.” His source? The British Crime Survey, an annual affair which asks some 40,000 Brits if they’ve been encrimed during the previous year. Is it…

Death Penalty

When I wrote about David Frum’s voodoo criminology in support of the death penalty, I didn’t mention any of the recent research that purports to find a deterrent effect for the death penalty because Frum didn’t cite it. That research has always seemed suspect to me — since a very small fraction of murderers are…

The Hosue of Blair

Tim Blair links to some interesting articles in this week’s Bulletin. First up is a page on John Howard with the intriguing title “The hosue of Howard“. It’s a fearless, hard hitting complete suck up to Howard. Apparently, after a decade of power and privilege as prime minister, Howard hasn’t lost touch with the common…