After reading this chapter, you should be able to:
- Summarize why consensus for an exact definition of crime is difficult and why crime definitions may change over time.
- Identify the paths in which a crime may be handled in the criminal justice system.
- Review the five perspectives of the criminal justice system.
- Critique how the consensus and conflict models help and hinder public policy.
- Differentiate between criminal justice and criminoloy.
- Distinguish how the fear of crime and actual risk of being victimized are often misinterpreted by the public.